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World Water Monitoring Day

Join us in honoring World Water Monitoring Day - do your part and help protect our planet's water sources!
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Get ready to celebrate World Water Monitoring Day on Sept. 18 and make a difference in the world! This special day was established in 2003 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to bring attention to the importance of water quality, conservation, and protection of our global water resources. By taking part in this celebration, you can help spread awareness about water issues around the world and contribute to making sure that everyone has access to clean and safe drinking water. So join us in celebrating World Water Monitoring Day on Sept. 18th – it's a great way to show your support for a better future!

History of World Water Monitoring Day

World Water Monitoring Day Dates

World Water Monitoring Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1972</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Clean Water Act Passed</div><div class='timeline-text'>The United States Congress passes the Clean Water Act, a major step in addressing water pollution issues in the country.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2003</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>World Water Monitoring Day Founded</div><div class='timeline-text'>The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency co-founds the inaugural World Water Monitoring Day along with America's Clean Water Foundation to encourage public involvement in protecting water resources around the world.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2006</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>International Expansion</div><div class='timeline-text'>The event takes on an international focus with the Water Environment Federation and the International Water Association joining as coordinators to broaden outreach and participation.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2009</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Monitor Your Watershed Program</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Monitor Your Watershed program is launched, encouraging people to monitor and protect their local water bodies.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2012</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Name Change to EarthEcho Water Challenge</div><div class='timeline-text'>World Water Monitoring Day becomes the EarthEcho Water Challenge, increasing educational opportunities and community actions to preserve water resources.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2020</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Pandemic Response Initiative</div><div class='timeline-text'>The EarthEcho Water Challenge responds to the COVID-19 pandemic with virtual training and remote water testing kits to sustain water monitoring efforts.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate World Water Monitoring Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Organize a water clean up</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Find a local stream or beach that is in need of a good cleaning and organize a volunteer event to remove debris and pollutants from the water. Provide all volunteers with safety equipment, such as gloves and masks, if necessary.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Take a water-monitoring class</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Look for local classes offered by universities, non-profits and other organizations that can teach you about the basics of water monitoring. These classes can help you learn about best practices for monitoring water quality and help you become a better advocate for healthy water.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a water education event</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Educate yourself and your community on the importance of clean water and why it is important to monitor the health of our water resources. Invite a local expert to give a presentation, or host a panel discussion to share the latest research.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Write to your legislators</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Write your elected officials to express your support for legislation that protects our water resources. Tell them about your experience with World Water Monitoring Day and why it is important that we take action to protect our water resources.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Participate in a local water monitoring project</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Look for opportunities to get involved in a local water monitoring project in your area. This could be as simple as volunteering at a community event or helping to set up monitoring equipment at local rivers or lakes.</p></div></div>

Why World Water Monitoring Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Water Monitoring Makes Water Safer</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Monitoring water quality helps identify pollutants before they reach drinking supplies, so that action can be taken to reduce contamination. Regular testing also ensures that chemicals and other contaminants such as heavy metals, petroleum products, and bacteria are well within safe limits for human consumption.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It Allows Us To Track Changes in Water Quality</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Water monitoring enables us to measure changes in water quality over time. This can help identify emerging pollution sources and provide important data on the effects of changing environmental conditions such as warmer temperatures or increased precipitation.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It Increases Public Awareness</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>World Water Monitoring Day serves to raise public awareness about the importance of clean, safe water resources. By encouraging individuals and communities to take part in testing and reporting their results, we are ensuring that everyone is better informed about the health of our most valuable resource - water!</p></div></div>

5 Eye-Opening Facts for World Water Monitoring Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Only 2.5% of the Earth's water is fresh</h3><p class='facts-content'>This underscores the importance of monitoring and maintaining the quality of our freshwater resources, as most of the Earth's water is in the oceans and too salty for drinking or farming.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Water is renewable, but its availability can change</h3><p class='facts-content'>While water naturally replenishes itself through the water cycle, human activities can disrupt this cycle and negatively impact the quantity and quality of available water.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Agriculture uses 70% of the world's available freshwater</h3><p class='facts-content'>Monitoring water in agricultural practices is vital as it plays a significant role in managing our largest consumer of freshwater resources.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>More than 2 billion people live without access to safe water</h3><p class='facts-content'>Access to clean, safe drinking water is still not a reality for a significant chunk of the global population — a fact that World Water Monitoring Day aims to change.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Water scarcity affects more than 40% of people around the world</h3><p class='facts-content'>Monitoring and managing water use is critically important as rising populations and climate change place increasing stress on global water resources.</p></div></div>

World Water Monitoring Day FAQs

When is World Water Monitoring Day?

World Water Monitoring Day is celebrated on September 18 every year. In 2024 World Water Monitoring Day will occur on a Wednesday.

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