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Test. Share. Protect. World Water Monitoring Day 2012!

2012 September 6

World Water Monitoring DayBy Trey Cody

Did you ever wonder how information is gathered on the condition of our streams, lakes, estuaries, and coastal waters?  Or how we know whether it is safe to use these waters for drinking or recreational activities like fishing, swimming, and boating?

September 18th is your day to not only ask these questions, but to get out and be involved in the data collection yourself… because September 18th is World Water Monitoring Day!

You don’t have to consider yourself a scientist to help keep tabs on the health of your local watershed.  As part of World Water Monitoring Day, you can do your own monitoring tests and enter your results into an international database.  Simple monitoring kits are available for purchase by anyone interested in participating.

The health of our water bodies is important more than just one day per year, which is why the World Water Monitoring Day Challenge runs annually from March 22nd (the United Nations’ World Water Day) until December 31st. Events are held, and tests can be conducted and results submitted at any time. The purpose of the challenge is to encourage people everywhere to TEST the quality of their waterways, SHARE their findings, and PROTECT our most precious resource.

Watch this video for background on the event and to learn how to test for the four indicators (Turbidity, pH, Temperature, and Dissolved Oxygen) of the World Water Monitoring Day Challenge.  By just testing these four parameters – and it’s easy to do – we can learn a lot about the health of our waterways.

There are lots of materials out there to help you learn more about the importance of water monitoring. EPA’s Monitoring and Assessing Water Quality page and other outreach materials can help get people excited about water quality.

So get out and assess your waters!  Tell us about your water monitoring experiences and what you found in your data collection.

About the Author: Trey Cody has been an intern with EPA’s Water Protection Division since graduation from high school in 2010. He is currently attending the Pennsylvania State University.

2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, the nation’s law for protecting our most irreplaceable resource.  Throughout the year, EPA will be highlighting different aspects of the history and successes of the Clean Water Act in reducing pollution in the past 40 years.  The month of September will focus on Action and Education.

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed in Greenversations are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

9 Responses leave one →
  1. Deborah Hetrick permalink
    September 6, 2012

    40 years ago, we had the insight to past the Clean Water Act. Hoping for the same insight in 2012 to protect this invaluable tool for reducing pollution.

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  2. Ricky McFarland permalink
    September 12, 2012

    In present scenario due to global warming, water consuming problem is increasing day-by-day.In order to spread awareness about stopping of unnecessary water consumption World Water Monitoring day is observed on Sept 18th.

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  3. Bay Jose permalink
    September 19, 2012

    We all must do our part to save water. Though our Earth is made up of 2/3 water, only 1/100 of that water is drinkable by Baytech Web Design

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  4. Susie permalink
    September 20, 2012

    Pity, that i didn’t find this post two days ago! I could use his topic at class with my students, who really need to find out how to prevent water and how to discover if it is safe. Have you consider some school programms about it?

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    • Christina Catanese permalink*
      September 20, 2012

      Susie: World Water Monitoring Day was officially celebrated on September 18, but monitoring and educational events can take place any time between March 22 and December 31 as part of the challenge. So it’s not too late to take advantage of this teaching opportunity! There are some resources and lesson plans on this page here to get you started: Thanks for teaching your students about water quality!

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  5. carolina permalink
    September 25, 2012

    “September 18th” its now too late for me but I want to say that we have to celebrate World Water Monitoring Day! everyday because water monitoring important for us.. dermaxin

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  6. Alex Thompson permalink
    November 19, 2012

    Water monitoring would be good strategy for preventing the waste of water, overuse of water. Good to know about these facts. Good post
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  7. Alex Zokaei permalink
    April 24, 2013

    Very interested article on world water monitoring, I literally had no idea that keeping health of our water bodies is just as important as more than just one day per year, good to know I will definately have to keep this in mind from now on

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  8. vikash permalink
    June 15, 2013

    Definitely water is an important part of live we should not only support keeping health of our water bodies but also help in preserving water.

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