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March 20, 2020
WORLD WATER DAY 2020
Water and Climate Change and the All Hands On World Water Day campaign to help retain the Corona Virus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Across the globe every year, 22nd of March is celebrated as the World Water Day (WWD), declared by United Nations to draw attention to the importance of water. The theme of WWD 2020 is ‘Water and Climate Change’ and the aim is to show how the two are inextricably linked to each other. As we are all aware and experiencing, this WWD finds us all in an unusual and a most challenging situation, as we and the whole world is faced with the outbreak of the corona virus (COVID-19).
SHUKALB has a longstanding history of celebrating WWD through different awareness building and public outreach events organized by water utilities across Albania. Activities in the past included distribution of awareness raising messages to customers, activities engaging school children to visit wastewater treatment facilities and learn about wastewater treatment, as well as water monitoring activities organized with 8th grade school children as part of SHUKALB’s World Water Monitoring Challenge Program. All these activities have been cancelled this World Water Day, in the same way that UN has canceled or postponed many other World Water Day face-to-face activities.
SHUKALB has in addition cancelled all the face-to-face activities such as trainings as well as meetings and workshops related to its current Projects for the rest of this month as well as for April, and will be rescheduling them at the most appropriate time, in line with instructions of the Albanian Government. SHUKALB strongly supports all the measures to retain the outbreak of the corona virus, and joins the call and guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO) that promote better hygiene as one of the measures to containing COVID-19. SHUKALB draws attention in specific to water and wastewater utilities, to follow the guidelines provided in the technical brief by WHO ‘Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Waste Management for the COVID-19 virus’.
SHUKALB will be monitoring closely the evolving situation with the outbreak of COVID-19 in Albania, and is committed to bring relevant and helpful information to its members as well as the larger water community in Albania, through its social media as well as other communicating channels.
Besides the doctors and the medical personnel who are the heroes of these days, on this WWD our thoughts and our gratitude go to the men and women who continue to work every day to provide our vital water supply and sewerage services. Your work is highly appreciated every day and in particular these days at this time of crisis.
Lastly, SHUKALB supports the UN All Hands On World Water Day campaign to help retain the Corona Virus (COVID-19) outbreak. Let’s not forget to do our very part, which is to maintain proper hand hygiene and apply social distancing, and for those of us who can, stay at home. We can only win this war together, and so we will.
World Water Day is an international observance and an opportunity to learn more about water related issues, be inspired to tell others and take action to make a difference. World Water Day dates back to the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development where an international observance for water was recommended. The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day. It has been held annually since then. Each year, UN-Water — the entity that coordinates the UN’s work on water and sanitation — sets a theme for World Water Day corresponding to a current or future challenge. The engagement campaign is coordinated by one or several of the UN-Water Members with a related mandate.
The Water Supply and Sewerage Association of Albania (SHUKALB), which was established in 2000, is a professional, not-for-profit Association of water supply and sewerage professionals, who wish to improve the management of the Water Supply and Sewerage Sector in Albania, making it efficient, sustainable and effective in accordance with the current laws and regulations in Albania. The Association is legally registered in the Court of Tirana.
Water Supply and Sewerage Association of Albania
Pjeter Bogdani Street, Nr. 39/1, K. 5, Ap.3, Tirana, Albania
Tel/ Fax: (+355/4) 2245 101
Mob: (+355) 69 60 12 782