Public Works Minister Gyude Moore has called on Liberians to reduce and reuse waste water in their homes, gardens and plots to help achieve the country’s 6th Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Delivering a special statement on behalf of the government recently in observance of World Water Day, Minister Moore said this year’s theme clearly talks about the importance of reducing and reusing waste water.
The global theme of this year’s celebration is “Waste Water” with the campaign theme: “Why Waste Water?”
Minister Moore, speaking through a recorded video message, indicated that the emphasis is on improving water quality, including all water, and not just drinking water.
He said globally, the vast majority of all waste water from homes, cities, industry and agriculture flows back to nature without being treated or reused, thus polluting the environment and losing valuable nutrients and other recoverable substances.
He said the observance of World Water Day, which is now also known as Water Action Month is about taking action in tackling the water crisis. He said over 663 million people are living without safe drinking water supply close to their homes.
In the special message, Minister Moore said by putting mechanisms in place to reduce and reuse waste water, it would help reduce the challenges faced by 663 million people the world over.
For Liberia, Minister Moore said a large proportion of waste water is discharged directly into face basins and or informal drainage channels without treatment.
He said despite these conditions, opportunities from reusing waste water are enormous. He called for concerted efforts for the reuse of waste water.
Minister Moore and Assistant Public Works Minister for Community Services George Yarngo are currently in Durban, South Africa attending the AMCOW (African Ministers’ Council on Water) Water Summit as part of the commemoration of World Water Day.
For his part, the Managing Director of the Liberia Water & Sewer Corporation, Hunbu Tulay stressed the need for WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) beneficiaries to join government in taking ownership of WASH facilities.
Mr. Tulay indicated that the beneficiaries should help ensure that the facilities are sustained and called for the recycling of waste water to benefit all, especially in Africa.
WaterAid Deputy Country Director Chuchu Selma said World Water Day is intended to raise awareness on the sustainability of water resources globally.
Mr. Selma noted that sustainability will provide the platform on which water can be improved, conserved and preserved.
He reiterated WaterAid’s commitment to transforming lives across Africa, Asia, Central America and the Pacific region by improving access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene in some of the world’s poorest and most marginalized communities.
Also speaking, George Karyah of the Liberia NGOs Network called on the government to do more to ensure that Liberians have access to safe drinking water.
Mr. Karyah said due to the lack of safe drinking water, Liberians are being affected on a daily basis.
He said the struggle to get safe drinking water, coupled with water related diseases, is high in Liberia due to the lack of safe drinking water in most communities across the country.
World Water Day is an annual event celebrated on March 22. The Day focuses on the importance of fresh water and advocates for its sustainable use.
The official celebration started with a parade from the Monrovia City Hall to the William V.S. Tubman High School in Sinkor for the indoor program which brought together WASH participants from government, development partners and civil society.