EVENT: Bellingham residents encouraged to participate in World Water Day

The City of Bellingham hosts its seventh annual Walk for Water from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, March 22, beginning at Fairhaven Village Green.

Participants in the free, family-friendly event will start at the Village Green, at 10th Street and Mill Avenue, and walk a 2.3-mile loop along the South Bay Trail to Boulevard Park and back. A water-tasting station and signs will be posted along the way with facts and action items consistent with this year’s World Water Day theme, “Water and Sustainable Development.”

Bellingham’s event symbolizes the distance women and children across the world frequently travel to collect water for household use. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to carry jugs of water provided by event staff.

At the end of the event, participants can pick up information about projects available to city water customers that support water sustainability. Examples include residential water and energy assessments and rebates, funding for sustainable water demonstration systems, funding for water-quality improvements on properties in Lake Whatcom watershed, and free workshops on sustainable landscaping and rainwater harvesting.

The first 100 participants who complete the walk can choose a prize to take home. This year, a variety of water-conserving prizes allows participants to select which sustainable water practice they want to model. Prizes include stainless steel water bottles, rain barrels, garden-hose timers, and reusable grocery bags. Details: World Water Day.