Act now to ensure sustainable water use

World Water Day is about focussing attention on the importance of water. Held annually on March 22, this year’s theme ‘valuing water’ is more than just about the cost of water, the Department of Water Services said in a statement. The statement added, “Cited from United Nations Water website, water is worth much more than its price – water has enormous and complex value for households, food, culture, health, education, economics and the integrity of the natural environment,

“Brunei Darussalam is blessed with adequate water resources for daily consumption. However, due to low water tariff, the availability of clean water is often overlooked causing water wastage and overconsumption. At 380 litres per person per day, Brunei Darussalam’s domestic water consumption is the highest in the region, doubling that of Singapore.

“With a government subsidy of up to 88 per cent, treated water in Brunei Darussalam is inexpensive and readily available. However, users need to understand and acknowledge that raw water treatment and supply is a complex process which includes raw water extraction, water treatment by filtration and chemical processes, storage and transport to terminal storage tanks, service storage tanks and finally to the end users.

“With the theme ‘valuing water’, this World Water Day marks a change in people’s water habit and mindset. Users must act now to ensure sustainable water use. It takes very little effort to instil good water habits from the home, yet small changes can make a big impact. Such changes at home include shutting off faucets when not in use, taking showers instead of baths, shortening shower durations and take urgent action to repair any leaks.

“Earlier this week, the Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Bridge was lit up in blue to commemorate World Water Day 2021. Although World Water Day is only held for one day in a year, users should appreciate and value the impact of water lives and understand how other cultures value water.”