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Posted: Thursday, December 5, 2019. 9:50 am CST.

By BBN Staff: The Belize Water Services (BWS) issued a statement yesterday informing that December 4, 2019, marks the celebration of the first World Water Loss Day (WWLD).

 The Water Loss Specialist Group of the International Water Association (IWA) established on December 4 as WWLD to raise awareness of the enormous problem of water losses from drinking-water-distribution-systems and the need to get more serious fighting it!

“Water loss is a global issue. Although there are many successes to promote, there are also many more countries that need to start to reduce non-revenue water (NRW) is some way or form. The idea of World Water Loss Day is to gain momentum and to get every country to participate in reducing loss of this valuable product,” commented Stuart Hamilton, Chair of the IWA Water Loss Specialist Group.

The Water Loss Specialist Group has been busy promoting the initiative and has expanded the promotion to several other associations around the world, with significant buy-in from the American Water Works Association and the Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association.

 The aim of WWLD is to generate worldwide awareness of this issue, and not just restricting it to water utility employees, but making this a recognized day so that everyone will buy into reducing water losses.

“Belize Water Services (BWS) remains proud of the achievement in keeping NRW below 25%. For the year 2018/19 there was a decrease of the overall NRW percentage to 23.74%, the second-lowest in the company’s 18-year history, from 24.1% in the previous year,” BWS noted.

The company’s water loss reduction program includes proactive searching and repairing of leaks, replacing older water mains, identification/removal of illegal connections, and pressure management controls.

“During the year, the company continued its proactive replacement of aged infrastructure, and the identification and elimination of unauthorized connections and tampering,” an excerpt from BWS’ Annual Report noted.

The Public Relations Department has plans to implement a “Water Police” Program in schools, in which some students will be trained to be “water champions” and encourage their peers to conserve water, to report leaks and to promote a healthy lifestyle by drinking more water.

Furthermore, BWS continues to encourage customers to report leaks via our toll-free line at 0-800-BWS-LEAK (0-800-297-5325).

 

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