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* Sri Lanka Celebrates World Water Day
Mon, Mar 22, 2010, 01:24 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka has organized several programs to celebrate the World Water Day today. The United Nations has designated 22 March of each year as the World Day for Water by adopting a resolution.

The main national event to mark the day under the theme 'Clean Water For Healthy World' will be held at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) in Colombo under the patronage of Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.

Several other public events will take place island wide to raise awareness of conservation of natural water resources.

The Water Supply and Drainage Board has taken measures to set up another water purification unit in Ambatale. The government of Denmark has granted five billion rupees for the project which when completed by 2015 will provide clean water to 85 percent of the population.

Several water supply projects will also be opened for the public in Homagama electorate.

A walk across the community has been organized for two municipal areas in Moratuwa and Ratmalana to create awareness of the World Water Day and the importance of conserving water and maintaining it clean.

Students of of the schools within the Lunawa Environment Improvement and Community Development (LEINCD) project area and the rest of the community will participate in the walk and seminars will be held afterwards.

Meanwhile several events are to be held in Mannar district organized by the European Union Delegation in Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Sewa Lanka Foundation, Mannar Office, and the Zonal Education Department of Madhu.

An art competition and environmental awareness program have been held for the students in the Manthai West Division in the Mannar district and about 250 selected drawings will be displayed today at an art exhibition at the Adampan Central School. An award ceremony will be held to recognize the winners.

According to the organizers, some 300 students will attend an environmental awareness program today. The program will include a series of interactive lectures on conservation, biodiversity and highlight the importance of water resources and its conservation to increase awareness among schoolchildren with the assistance of their teachers and motivate students to initiate steps toward conserving water resources.

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