World Water Monitoring Day was established in 2003 by America's Clean Water Foundation as a global educational outreach program that aims to build public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world by empowering citizens to carry out basic monitoring of their local water bodies.
A simple test kit enables everyone, children and adults, to sample local water bodies for a set of water quality parameters including temperature, acidity (pH), clarity (turbidity) and dissolved oxygen (DO). Results are then shared with participating communities around the globe through the WWMD website.
World Water Monitoring Day is celebrated on September 18. It was initially chosen to be a month later (October 18) to recognize the anniversary of the US Clean Water Act, which was enacted by the US Congress in 1972 to restore and protect the country’s water resources. In 2007, the date was changed to facilitate participation in parts of the world where temperatures reach freezing at that time.
In 2006, ACWF transferred coordination of the event to the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the International Water Association (IWA). The collective goal is to expand participation to one million people in 100 countries by 2012.
2008 saw students from Indonesia to Arkansas[ taking part in water sampling to bring attention to the importance of water quality
On Sept. 18, thousands of people around the world will get their hands wet testing the condition of their local water bodies in observance of World Water Monitoring Day. The Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the International Water Association (IWA) urge individuals and organizations worldwide to participate and help raise awareness of the importance of water quality.
In 2011, approximately 340,000 people in 80 countries monitored their local waterways. The World Water Monitoring Day is challenging us to test the quality of your waterways, share your findings, and protect our most precious resource World Water Monitoring Day takes place each year as a component of the broader World
Getting involved is easy. Program participants use a simple, low-cost monitoring kit to learn about some of the most common indicators of watershed health. Then they log their results in an online database and share their stories with others around the world through the program website. Citizens are invited to “take the Challenge” anytime from March 22 until December 31.