World Water Monitoring Day

wwmdHave you given much thought to the quality of water around you? Perhaps not, but thousands of others throughout the world have. Each year since 2002, they have participated in World Water Monitoring Day. This important annual outreach invites citizens throughout the world to monitor the quality of local streams, rivers, lakes, ponds and other water resources and report the results to an international database.

You don’t have to be an experienced water monitor to participate. An easy-to-use test kit will enable every- one regardless of age or experience to sample for a core set of water quality parameters including temperature, pH (acidity), turbidity (clarity) and dissolved oxygen (DO). Results can then be shared with participating communities around the globe through the World Water Monitoring Day Web site.

World Water Monitoring Day is officially celebrated on September 18; however, the monitoring window was extended for the first time in 2009 from March 22 (World Water Day) until December 31. Participants are encouraged to celebrate in September or to observe their own WWMD anytime during the extended window. The deadline for submitting data to the WWMD data- base is December 31.

More information about this important opportunity visit, www.WorldWaterMonitoringDay.