Have you ever thought about how we get access to information involving the condition of our nation’s water?
In hopes to build awareness, World Water Monitoring Day was founded in 2003 by America’s Clean Water Foundation to support water resources and inspire people to monitor the quality of local water bodies. Although the day is celebrated in September, many educational and outreach events run throughout the year.
Water quality data is vital to address emergencies, assess if pollution control programs are successful, and determine where efforts are needed most. Additionally, it serves as an international database to record trends or patterns, identify potential issues and much more.
Environmental organizations, such as EarthEcho International, have partnered with Xylem Watermark and the Water Environment Federation to present a week of online events for youth, and provide new learning resources for all. “The growing need for clean, sustainable water resources is a challenge we can solve if we act now,” said EarthEcho International founder Philippe Cousteau, Jr.
We all can participate and work together to monitor the quality and safety of water resources. Here are three ways that you can get involved and empower your community:
1. Monitor Water In Your Community
Basic test kits are kid-friendly and typically include one set of supplies and reagents for testing rounds of pH, dissolved oxygen, temperature, and turbidity. It’s a great at-home activity to encourage your loved ones to learn about safe water.
2. Watch An Educational Film
Insightful documentaries, like Brave Blue World, explores the depths of humanity and how we are using new technologies and innovations to manage water conditions. It can possibly further impactful discussions and ideas on problem-solving within the water and wastewater industry.
3. Join Digital Conversations
Consider joining social conversations to discuss people and industries across the globe. We can use this opportunity to spread awareness to our peers or followers.
By monitoring our water resources, we are teaching future generations the importance of clean and safe water.