BWA EVENTS FOR WATER WEEK 2011 – “Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge”
The Barbados Water Authority joins similar companies around the world in commemorating World Water Day 2011 under the theme ‘Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge’.
Each year, a different UN agency is selected to coordinate events surrounding World Water Day around the world and a different theme is chosen to focus attention on the importance of fresh water and to advocate for the sustainable management of fresh water resources. This year, the 2011 global event will be hosted by the Government of South Africa in Cape Town in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat) and the United Nations Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB).
The Barbados Water Authority will be celebrating World Water Day 2011 as part of an annual week of activities from March 20th – 25th. The week will encompass a number of events to commemorate World Water Day on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011. The activities planned for the week are as follows:
- On Sunday, March 20th, the week will be opened with a Church Service at James Street Methodist Church, James Street, Bridgetown at 9:00 a.m to which the Minister and Officials of the Ministry of the Environment, Water Resources and Drainage, Board of Directors, Management, staff, representatives from various UN organizations and friends of the Authority have been invited;
- Starting at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday 20th, the Authority will be distributing gift baskets to a number of its current staff members who are on extended sick leave in order to show appreciation for their dedication to duty over the years;
- On Monday & Tuesday, March 21st & 22nd, the Authority will host friendly but competitive ‘Games Evenings’ from 4:30 p.m for staff and friends of the Authority hosted by the Sports & Social Club;
- On Tuesday, March 22nd, World Water Day, the Authority will be showcasing its operations at Queens Park from 09:30 a.m to 2:30 p.m. Students from Primary, Secondary and Tertiary institutions in the city area have been invited to the event. The aim of the event is to educate the youth and the wider public on the operations of the BWA and the importance of water conservation and protection, through a series of exhibits. The public is also invited;
- On Wednesday 23rd March, the Authority will host a Customer Appreciation Day at its payment centre at Probyn Street;
- On Thursday, March 24th the Authority joins radio personalities Larry Mayers & Joanne Sealy-Cumberbatch and the “Q in the Community” family from11:00 a.m at Bridgefield Playing Field in St. Thomas allowing members of the BWA to interact with the growing “Q in the Community” family from all over Barbados;
- A Staff Appreciation Day will be held on Thursday, March 24th as well, at which there will be health checks and presentations by the Cancer Society and Diabetes Association aimed at educating present staff members on the importance of living a healthy lifestyle;
- The week will culminate on Friday, March 25th when the BWA will focus on staff in an Awards Ceremony and Dinner at the Plantation Theatre at 7:00 p.m. During this event the Authority plans to recognize over two hundred (200) employees who have served it faithfully for between 10 and 20 plus years and honour its ten (10) most recent Retirees.