NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The global celebration of World Water Day, recalls the essential role that water plays in sustaining life on Earth and the need to take collective action to protect this precious resource.
According to the United Nations Water Conference, however, the lack of progress in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals on water conservation and accessibility continues to be an obstacle to progress on other global issues. The theme for this year’s World Water Day, “Accelerating Change”, highlights the urgent need to address the global water crisis and the impact it continues to have on other global issues, from hunger to health care.
For more than a decade, MIYA Bahamas and its partner Water and Sewerage Company (WSC) have been at the forefront of water conservation efforts in New Providence, aligning their efforts with mandates set by the United Nations. MIYA has partnered with organizations such as the Bahamas National Trust and Rotary; through events, campaigns and educational initiatives to fulfill its mandate to encourage water conservation and promote sustainable water use practices.
Since 2012, the efforts of MIYA and WSC have reversed the trend of non-revenue water losses, improved water distribution, and resulted in significant cost and energy savings. Despite progress, UN officials say governments need to work an average of four times faster to put the world on track to reach
the sustainable development goals. In this context, MIYA Bahamas aims to reach a younger audience in hopes of accelerating change here at home.
“Water is life,” explained Alvaro Ramalho, Country Manager of MIYA Bahamas.
“As a company, MIYA Bahamas is fully committed to doing its part to teach everyone the importance of protecting this very important resource while working to improve the level of service, quality and efficiency of distribution networks. of water.”
During this year and next, MIYA leaders will make presentations to young New Providence students, hoping to inspire a new generation to take action. The new school-focused initiative is part of a broader strategy by the company, which recently extended its contract to the Bahamas to continue water reduction efforts on the island.
“The country can only achieve the water reduction targets with the full commitment of the entire population,” Ramalho stressed. “Therefore, schools are extremely important assets for teaching the importance of water conservation and a great vehicle for communicating the value of water in a world affected by recurring droughts and global warming.”
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