Bharathi Teerth celebrates World Water Day

DAVE VASUDEVAN

Chicago: Bharathi Theertha, a non-profit organization in Naperville, a south side suburb of Chicago, in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Naperville and the Center for Transformation of Waste Technology celebrated the World Water Day 2019 in Oak Brook public library March 23.

Residents of Chicago and its suburbs, including many community leaders, participated in the celebration. Prakash Tata, a high school junior of Neuqua Valley, Naperville, was the master of ceremonies. The program started with an invocation song by Santosh Tata.

Prakasam Tata, President of Bharathi Theertha, welcomed the participants and explained the theme of this year World Water Day, “Leaving No One Behind” meaning water for all. He also informed the audience about the various activities undertaken by Bharathi Theertha in the areas of education, environment, and health including annual celebration of the World Water Day for the past 15 years.

On February 19-20 this year, an international conference was conducted in Hyderabad, India, on “Water and Waste Management” followed by two more conferences in Visakhapatnam and Srikakulam. Commissioner Frank Avila of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago and Prakasam Tata Served as the chairperson and the co-chairperson, respectively, at these conferences.

Syam Pappu, convener of the international conferences, gave a presentation in this connection. Sundar Dittakavi presented details of water projects taken up in Andhra Pradesh by the Chicago Andhra Association.

Avila, and Executive Director Brian Perkovich of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago were honored with “Water Warriors” mementos by Prakasam Tata.