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Celebrating 20 years of water delivery to Joburg residents, the Johannesburg Zoo World Water Day activities will also include interactive exhibits and an exciting puppet show on the importance of water.

JOHANNESBURG City Parks and Zoo, the custodians of greening and biodiversity in the City of Joburg, in partnership with Joburg Water, will this year commemorate World Water Day on 28 March 2014. The programme aims to showcase 20 years of water delivery to the City and the critical importance of water to life on Earth.

The day is expected to be a fun-filled one, as 1000 school pupils from across Joburg will have the opportunity to view the Zoo's Wetlands exhibit, listen to talks on the city's rich biodiversity (including information on the magical flamingos), and water conservation; and watch a puppet show featuring Tappy, the water-saving mascot. There will also be water-wise activities, such as water-saving games.

The event follows World Water Day on 22 March, and the Department of Water Affairs's National Water Week, from 17 to 23 March.

National Water Week this year celebrated South Africa's 20 years of democracy under the theme: Water is Life - 20 Years of Water Delivery for Social and Economic Development. In the 20 years since the country's first democratic elections, the department has provided millions of South Africans with access to clean water.

Discussions for this year's World Water Day centred on how water and energy are linked; some 8% of global energy generation is used for pumping, treating and transporting water, while hydroelectricity - electricity generated by the force of water - is a key source of 'clean' energy.

World Water Day speakers believe that planning infrastructure around this link will contribute to significant improvements in quality of life for many of the world's poorest people, as they have the least access to clean water and energy.