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Public Invited To Celebrate World Water Day In The Park

To commemorate World Water Day 2009 and to draw the public’s attention to the increasing importance of conserving water, the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) will organize various activities on Friday March 28, 2009 in the Family Park on Abu Dhabi Corniche. The activities are open to the public and free of charge. Held under the theme Water is For All. Save It, the activities are designed around the core message that each one of us holds an individual responsibility to save water, so that we ensure that it will be available for our children and their children. The activities, which will start at 5:30 p.m. and continue until 9:00 p.m., will include interactive games designed for adults to teach them how to reduce their water consumption. Different water experiments and games have also been designed for children of different age groups. Experts in water resources will be available to answer any questions or concerns visitors may have regarding water. Walk for Water is another interactive activity where the public can experience how hard it is to walk for water, as is done in poorer countries. Students will be expressing their concerns through their own skits, performances, music and poetry. World Water Day is held annually on March 22. It aims to inspire worldwide political and community action and encourage a greater global understanding of the need for more responsible water use and conservation. In 2009, the theme for World Water Day was "Shared Water - Shared Opportunities". Special focus was placed on transboundary waters as nurturing the opportunities for cooperation in transboundary water management can help build mutual respect, understanding and trust among countries and promote peace, security and sustainable economic growth. 10 Easy Ways to Conserve Water: •Fix that leak! Leaky faucets can waste thousands of gallons of water each year, like money down the drain. Repair or replace any old or damaged fixtures. •When washing dishes or vegetables in the sink, don’t leave the water running. •If you have a pool, use a pool cover to cut down on evaporation. It will also keep your pool cleaner and reduce the need to add chemicals. •Minimize evaporation by watering your plants in the early morning or late at night, when temperatures are cooler. •Don’t overfill the kettle when making a cup of tea. Only fill and boil what you need. •Make it a full load. Run your dishwasher only when it’s full. •If you have a garden or own a farm, try to plant salt-water tolerant plants or those that don’t require a lot of water. •Do not keep water running while brushing your teeth or shaving. •Take quick showers instead of long baths. •Install water-saving shower heads and low-flow faucet aerators.

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