World Water Monitoring Day is on September 18th. World Water Monitoring Day was established in 2003 by America’s Clean Water Foundation as a global educational outreach program.
Water is an absolute essential of human life, and every form of life that we know of requires it to exist. But water is also a universal solvent, collecting all the elements of its environment, and from there carrying it directly into our homes and bodies. Water Monitoring Day was established to encourage and educate people on how to monitor the components of the water in their local area. Water pollution is a serious problem, and learning how to identify, take care of, and prevent it is more important with every passing year.
Water Monitoring Day aims to build public involvement and awareness regarding the protection of water resources around the globe by ensuring that citizens are empowered to carry out standard monitoring of their local water bodies. A simple test kit will enable everyone – both children and adults – to sample local water bodies for a number of parameters that will determine water quality. This includes dissolved oxygen (DO), as well as clarity (turbidity), acidity (pH), and temperature. The current sponsor of Water Monitoring Day is Earth Echo International, and they provide all of the information you need to know about buying inexpensive test kits. The results of monitoring events are then posted on the sponsor’s website so that they can be shared with communities that participate from around the world.
You will probably want to know a little bit more about EarthEcho International and who they are! This is a non-profit environmental organization, which was founded in honor of Philippe Cousteau, a renowned oceanographer. His widow and children found the organization, which is run out of Washington D.C. Originally, the foundation was called the Philippe Cousteau. However, a dispute with Cousteau Society resulted in a name change.
You may be interested to learn that the initial date chosen for Water Monitoring Day was a month later, i.e. on the 18th of October. This was in honor of the US Clean Water Act, which was established on this date. This act was enacted in 1972 by Congress for the purpose of restoring and protecting the water resources in the United States. Nevertheless, the date ended up being changed in 2007 because they wanted to encourage people to participate in all parts of the world, including where temperatures hit freezing conditions at that time.
Water Monitoring Day was created by America’s Clean Water Foundation in 2003 with the intent of being a program that reached out to people all over the globe to raise awareness of water pollution issues and get people to test their local bodies of water. This information is then intended to be shared through various resources, including the World Water Monitoring Challenge Website (www.monitorwater.org).
Take a look at the water coming out of your tap, for most of us, this means we’re seeing water from a municipal water source that is monitored and treated against pollution and disease by government authorities. But how clean and safe is it really? While most of us believe our tap water to be safe, there are occurrences like those in Flint, Michigan that reveal that we can’t always trust even our city water to be completely safe for us to drink.
If you have a well, then you’re in a situation that’s both better and worse. Wells are especially subject to the changes in the environment and the things that get into our soil and groundwater. While they often draw from a much smaller reservoir and thus aren’t as easily affected by issues that may affect an entire community, they should be monitored more frequently just to be sure your water is clean and safe.