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Calgary and Canada recognize World Water Day

Last Updated Mar 22, 2019 at 10:00 am MDT

Students at SAIT hold an event on March 20 in preparation for World Water Day (Credit - CAWST / Twitter)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – A Calgary non-profit group is raising awareness in the city and beyond for World Water Day.

The annual day recognizes the need for clean water around the world, and the technology currently used to make that happen.

Peter Thomson, senior director of training at the Centre of Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST), said the day has been recognized since 1993.

“It draws attention to the fact that whoever you are, wherever you are, water is a human right, and it is a big issue in the world right now,” he said.

While access to clean drinking water might not be a major issue for Calgarians, he emphasizes the need to pay attention to this valuable resource.

“In the world, right now, there are approximately 2.1 billion people, about a third of the world’s population, that doesn’t have access to safe, readily available water,” he said. “That’s something I think everybody should care about.”

To recognize the day, Thomson says that CAWST will promote the day by painting the city blue.

“We have a number of national monuments which are lighting up blue in recognition of this day,” he said. “In Calgary, it’s the Calgary Tower, Telus Spark, McMahon Stadium and across Canada it’s the CN Tower and BC Place in Vancouver as examples.”