On Sunday, March 18, the Esplanade of Ministries and on the edge of  Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge were taken over by sports activities and entertainment geared to water. The programming was part of the 8th World Water Forum, in an effort to draw the audience's attention to discuss the need to preserve and share water resources.

“In addition to encouraging sports activities, and providing entertainment to the public, the idea is to raise people's awareness, particularly children, with regard to environmental education and the importance of taking care of our planet,” said Rogerio Menescal, Coordinator of the Executive Committee for the Organization of the 8th World Water Forum. These actions are also part of the celebration of the World Water Day on March 22.

On the edge of JK Bridge 

All told, there were nearly 30 activities. “The fact that entertainment events take place at lake Paranoá has everything to do with the theme of the Forum, which this year is Sharing Water,” summarized Menescal. The artificial lake formed by Paranoá River's dammed water, was created with the aim of increasing humidity in Brasilia and its surroundings. With a 48km² area and approximately 80km of perimeter, Paranoá has formations of artificial beaches and is surrounded by bars and restaurants.

“Paranoá river has a variety of uses. In addition to providing beauty to the city of Brasilia, and serving to entertain its residents, the lake receives the waters of two wastewater treatment plants of the city, is used in power generation and, recently, in the catchment of the water. This is sharing,” adds Menescal.

In a side event of the Forum, more than ten sports occupied the Paranoá Lake at the same time: Sailing, Adaptive Sailing, Olympic Rowing, Outrigger Canoe, Regatta, Canoeing, Paracanoeing, Swimming, Stand Up Paddle, Deep Water Running, Diving and Water Polo. It was not only water that the public enjoyed. Activities such as Footvolley with Lana Miranda, 10 times world champion player, yoga and meditation, face painting workshop for children, musical shows, among others, made sure that fun took place at the edge of the lake.

The Water Race and Walkathon

Four thousand people participated in the traditional Water Race and Walkathon, promoted by the Regulatory Agency for Water, Energy, and Basic Sanitation of the Federal District (Adasa), in partnership with the National Water Agency (ANA), on the Esplanade of the Ministries, also Sunday morning. According to the organizers, “the aim of the Water Race and Walkathon was to promote, through sports, awareness raising about the rational use of water and quality of life in the community and, thus, sensitize participants about the need to preserve our water resources”. The race was attended by 2,500 participants, while the other 1,500 participants took part in the walkathon, walking for five kilometers.

Reinforcing the social character of the event, the organizers have suggested participants to donate a kilo of non perishable food when getting the race kit. The collected donations will be distributed among families in situation of social vulnerability in Brasilia.