World Water Day is observed each year on March 22 to highlight the importance of fresh water and to raise awareness to the people living without access to safe water. In observance, the Belize Audubon Society (BAS) conducted a water quality monitoring programme to test the state of the water at St. Herman’s Blue Hole and The Cockscomb Basin National Parks. Love News spoke with the Terrestrial Research and Monitoring Officer at the Belize Audubon Society, who explained how efficient this project has been in the conservation of fresh water bodies.
Tsao stated that it is important for park visitors to make sure they don’t contaminate the water by littering or using body products that are non-biodegradable that could introduce harmful chemicals to the water. He further added that the BAS is planning on expanding the water monitoring project with the inclusion of lab analysis so as implement more effective water conservation methods
This year’s World Water Day is being celebrated under the theme, “Groundwater – making the invisible visible”. It has been celebrated since 1993 and focuses on taking action to tackle the global water crisis.