Press Release

Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour
Release Date:
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 - 4:22pm

Residents of the BVI are encouraged to conserve water as the Territory prepares to observe World Water Day on Wednesday, March 22.

Environmental Education Officer, Mrs. Cynara Benjamin-Duncan said water is an important resource that is sometimes abused and mistreated in a very literal way.

Mrs. Benjamin-Duncan said, "The theme ‘Wastewater’ is versatile and we can look at it two ways; one in which we examine dirty water or water that is refuse or run-off and how that contaminates ecology or other water. We can also note that water is wasted often by human beings, whether it be in the shower, washing dishes, cooking and cleaning your vehicle. The theme says to us, that we must learn to conserve, as well as, be mindful of where our waste ends up."

Mrs. Benjamin-Duncan added, “This year we hope to disseminate information in a variety of ways as we collaborate with the Water and Sewerage Department to release informational videos, fliers, facts and tips on how to conserve water.”

World Water Day is observed annually on March 22 since 1993. This year’s theme ‘Wastewater’ is also the 2017 theme for World Wetlands Day.

The United Nations created this calendar day to magnify the international focus on water related issues and to inspire people and organisations to take action in order to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

The Water and Sewerage Department and the Conservation and Fisheries Department collaboratively sponsor efforts locally to raise awareness of water management and preservation.

 Photo Attached:  World Water Day – exhibition 2016, Tortola (Photo Credit: F. Fenty/GIS)