Today is celebrated the World Water Day, declared by the United Nations in 1993, with the objective to search more efficient use of water resources. In response, Marcos Fioravanti, a member of the secretariat of the Daule Network (a national collective that seeks to promote a sustainable and participative management of the Daule river basin) explains that “the challenges we face to ensure sufficient water quantity and quality for elementary and productive use, require the cooperation of all.”
That’s why, on International Water Day, the Daule Network calls for public-private collaboration to promote sustainable water management not only in the Daule Basin but throughout Ecuador.
Within World Water Day, the UN established 2013 as the “International Year of Cooperation in the water sphere”, with the aim to promote cooperation opportunities in water management and improve the understanding of its challenges and benefits, thus establishing trust and mutual respect between water users.
In Ecuador, although having a privileged position, because the picture does not evidence major problems in terms of quantity of water, it is disturbing the quality of our water resources, since according to the Ministry of Water (Senagua) in Ecuador, only 8% of wastewater have some level of treatment before being discharged into rivers and seas.
“Daule Network wants to promote collaborative work between authorities, private companies and the general population for a sustainable Daule Basin, one of the most important in the country for its elementary and productive use,” said Monserrate Velez, technical coordinator of Daule Network.