World Water Monitoring Day – Watching the Waters of the World
Do you ever stop to wonder about the condition of the Nation’s lakes, rivers, streams, coastal waters, aquatic ecosystems, wetlands and estuaries? Or how we get information about them? Or whether these natural water bodies are safe enough to fish from, swim in, or use for irrigation or drinking purposes? Do you know what is so special about today, the 18th of September? If you cannot figure it out, then let me tell you that September 18 marks the ‘World Water Monitoring Day’.
This day highlights the importance of protecting the world’s natural water resources by monitoring them. Monitoring is done by different organizations such as federal agencies, state agencies, watershed organizations, utilities, universities and even individual citizens, in order to know about the physical, biological as well as chemical state of the waters.
On this day, global population is approached by the volunteers of World Water Monitoring Day (WWMD), in order to educate them and to build awareness among them about conserving water bodies around the world.
Drops Change Oceans
In an effort to promote the health of water, the WEF (Water Environment Federation) and the IWA (International Water Association) have come together along with a number of partners, coordinators and sponsors to form the World Water Monitoring Day (WWMD) on 18th September 2009. This global outreach program is intended to expand the awareness about preserving the waters among 1 million participants in 100 countries by the year 2012.
This plan involves and empowers the citizens to monitor the water bodies of their country. As per the program, adults and children are given water-quality test kits (free, as well as priced) to take a water sample from their local water body and check whether the sample water is good enough. Some quality parameters include acidity (pH), dissolved oxygen (DO), clarity (turbidity) and temperature. The results derived are then shared around the globe through the website of WWMD. The site also shares stories and data related to water health.
Did You Know?
- As a matter of fact, though the Earth constitutes more than 70 percent of water, fresh and clean water for drinking and using is significantly low. This is why such programs are highly important and must be encouraged and participated.
- This program was initially elected to be a month later, that is, on October 18 because this day is remembered for the anniversary of the Clean Water Act of US. This act was proposed by the US Congress in the year 1972 in order to restore and safeguard the water resources of the country. But later in the year 2007, the date was changed in order to facilitate the participation of people in those parts of the world where the temperatures reach freezing point at that time.
How to Contribute?
To make your presence felt in this global educational agenda, you can take simple and easy steps on a day-to-day basis, which may be small but meaningful in sustaining this ‘elixir of life’. Some of the things you can try doing are given as follows.
- Take part in the protection of your local watershed.
- Learn and take steps to clean the drinking water after the occurrence of natural calamities such as floods and storms because they introduce pollutants to the water supply.
- Make voluntary groups to work on causes such as water restoration to clean national water properties.
- Campaign and educate the public about the importance of clean waters.
- Find information about pollution control measures and spread it among the masses.
- Protect yourself from water-related illnesses that are caused by microbes in tap or other waters. Stay away from the consumption of fishes as they contain contaminants.
- Use water efficiently without wasting so that the demand for clean water reduces. This will also reduce the costs of treating water.
Now that you know about some of the steps that you can take, waste no more time. Go ahead and do it! And then share it with the world. You can also suggest some tips to safeguard the earth waters. So what are you waiting for? You can give your comments below!