February 06, 2013
“World Water Day is observed on March 22 every year. The day is to recognise the importance of earth's most precious natural resource was proposed 20 years ago at the United Nations
“World Water Day is observed on March 22 every year. The day is to recognise the importance of earth's most precious natural resource was proposed 20 years ago at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. While we often take water for granted, many cannot. And water plays a role in almost everything we do.
We drink it, wash in it, play in it, generate power with it, irrigate crops with it, travel and transport goods on it, fight fires with it, and worship with it. Gathered here are images of water from the last year in all its uses, in scarcity and in abundance”. Lane Turner
The NILE is a gift for the Egyptians Egypt is almost entirely dependent on the Nile for its water supply. Water shortages, inefficient water use and deteriorating water quality are among the country’s most urgent problems. Fair distribution of the scarce water resources and their sustainable use are of major significance for the country’s social and economic development.
For many years now Grundfos is playing a major role as a supplier of high quality pumps. These pumps have been used in all segments of the water systems in Egypt. In the fields of industry, water supply and agricultural and irrigation projects Grundfos is well known all over Egypt.
During the World Water Day 2012 at El Sawy Culture Wheel Grundfos team took part in the running activities during celebration. The aim of activities was to inform and warn people about water problems and, mainly, what we can do to save and preserve it. One of the spectacular activities Grunfos offered was the now almost famous Water pump-energy bike. Many young attends biked as hard as they could the make an deep well pump running in order to bring the water up a pipe as high as possible.
One of the other participants was the Egyptian German Water Resources Management Reform Program (WRMP) implemented by German International Cooperation (GIZ). They wanted to draw the attention to the importance of preserving water and agricultural land from degradation for better water and land productivity. GIZ offered a big size puzzle to be made in teamwork on the floor. A game including questions on water saving is printed on the puzzle. It was played by young people to develop their awareness of the important value of water in the Egyptian society. Two classes of school children attended the screening of two 3D movie “SOS Planet” documentaries about environmental problems.
The Water Holding Company and the Egyptian Water Partnership were also presented their information at this World Water Day.
The day ended with an open panel discussion, moderated by GIZ, on the topic of “Water scarcity and Food security”
Three panelists their fields of expertise shared their views on this subject. Dr. Magdy Hefny, former Director of the Regional Center for Research and Studies of Water Use Ethics spoke about Water Ethics. Environmental Consultant, Dr. Mahmoud Medany, informed the audience about the application on Agriculture Water Planning and management. Also Eng. Ehab Eshak, Deputy General Manager of Grundfos Egypt, underlined the importance a nation wide cooperation on water management in the near future. Unfortunately the World Water Day 2012 at El Sawy Culture Wheel
The number of organizations that could be present on this day remained far below the expected number of participants. It is therefore to investigate whether a day like this should be organised next year on this basis. The importance of this subject deserves much more attention and a more professional organization. Only in this way more people can be involved in the importance of water management in Egypt.