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World Water Day: 75% of Belize’s active rural water systems rely on groundwater

Posted: Tuesday, March 22, 2022. 3:30 pm CST.

Photo Credit: United Nations

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Seventy-five percent of Belize’s active rural water systems rely on groundwater, says the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW).

According to a social media post, the MOHW said it is observing World Water Day (WWD) 2022 through its National Drinking Water Quality Laboratory unit which has collaborated with 12 other organizations in the planning committee to observe WWD.

“As part of the mandate, the laboratory, under the National Drinking Monitoring Program monitors 110 active Rural Water Systems of which more than 75% of these rely on groundwater,” said the MOHW.

“Together with these systems the Ministry of Health also monitors private wells and the increasingly widespread of Bottled Water Companies which also rely on groundwater aquifers.”

Water Day is being observed under the theme “Groundwater – Making the Invisible, Visible.”

The MOHW said the Belize National Hydrological Service has been celebrating WWD since the late 1990s, a few years after the United Nations instituted WWD in 1993.

“Each year, we celebrate to create an avenue for the public to be more informed of the successes and challenges surrounding water resource management in Belize,” said the MOHW.

The United Nations started observing World Water Day on March 22 annually in 1993, to celebrate water and raise awareness of the two billion people who do not have access to safe water.

“Groundwater is invisible, but its impact is visible everywhere. Out of sight, under our feet, groundwater is a hidden treasure that enriches our lives. In the driest parts of the world, it may be the only water people have,” said worldwaterday.org.

According to worldwaterday.org, practically all the liquid freshwater in the world is groundwater.

“Groundwater’s vital role in water and sanitation systems, agriculture, industry, ecosystems and climate change adaptation must be reflected in sustainable development policymaking,” noted worldwaterday.org.

 

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