Established in 2003, World Water Monitoring Day (WWMD) is a global educational outreach programme designed to increase involvement in protecting water resources across the globe.
The day promotes citizens to carry out basic water testing in local water bodies such as lakes, rivers, reservoirs and harbours etc.; results are then shared on the WWMD website.
Everyone is encouraged to take part in water sampling to bring attention to the importance of water quality. In 2013, a total of 184,965 visits were made by participants to monitoring sites in 51 countries.
Coordinated by the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the International Water Association (IWA), thousands of worldwide events are organised to test the basic water-quality parameters: temperature, acidity (pH), clarity (turbidity) and dissolved oxygen.
Philippe Cousteau Jr. a prominent environmentalist and social entrepreneur, is in full support of the programme, 'each of us has the opportunity and the responsibility to become involved in the health of our community waterways and resources. We are asking individuals, groups and organizations to celebrate World Water Monitoring Day on September 18 with us by becoming part of the solution to clean water and healthy communities worldwide.'
Many people are unware how human actions can dangerously affect water-health, the primary goal of WWMD is to engage with citizens to educate and raise awareness; so as to preserve resources and ensure that water is available where and when it’s needed most.
To join the World Water Monitoring Day challenge and monitor your local water source.