Wednesday, March 22, is World Water Day, an annual global event established by the United Nations to promote sustainable practices in the realm of water and energy and to help the millions of people across the planet whose daily survival is determined by access to clean, safe drinking water. In a region where we have an abundance of freshwater, both to drink and as an energy source, it’s easy to forget that so many others lack this basic necessity. That’s why the Water Resources Education Center has organized the Walk for Water: to raise awareness about the need for drinkable water, both in the United States and other parts of the world.
This event invites you to experience what it would be like if you had to travel long distances on foot to find and carry water back to your family. Children and families are welcome to join this easy, stroller-friendly walk, which will be held rain or shine. Check in at the Water Center, located at 4600 S.E. Columbia Way, any time from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on March 22 and join the walk. Participants won’t need to walk too far—just from the Water Center to the Columbia River and back—but everyone should dress for weather and bring a container to carry water. For more details, call 360-487-7111.