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World Water Monitoring Day

World Water Monitoring Day

Around 150 countries come together annually to honor World Water Monitoring Day on September 18. Water, as we’ve been learning since a young age, is a significant source for keeping all living beings alive and well. You can go without food for an extended period (about three weeks), but your body will most likely start showing signs of shutting down if you haven hasn’t had enough water intake, even for a short period (about three to four days). The human body is, after all, made of 60% to 70% of water. Water is so important that much of the space exploration budget is solely dedicated to finding water sources on other planets. A massive chunk of the Earth’s ecosystem is also made of water with countless organisms dependent on it. Yet, water pollution and climate change threaten our water sources, so monitoring the water bodies around us has become more critical now than ever.

History of World Water Monitoring Day

The World Water Monitoring Day was first introduced in 2003 by America’s Clean Water Foundation (ACWF). The organization aimed to raise awareness among civilians about the importance of regularly monitoring their water sources. The global outreach program’s date was initially October 18. October 18 was considered ideal as it would pay homage to Congress’s passing of the U.S. Clean Water Act of 1972. However, ACWF soon realized that some countries would not be able to participate in the World Water Monitoring Day as the water bodies in said countries would freeze during October. Thus, the official date was moved back by a month to maximize the number of participants and participating countries. Every year, around one million or more people participate in the initiative. Using water testing kits, they test the water for dissolved oxygen, acidity, temperature, and clarity.

Over the years, the sponsors for World Water Monitoring Day have changed consistently. The current organizers belong to Earth Echo International. It is a nonprofit environmental organization founded to honor Philippe Cousteau, a famous oceanographer. The late Cousteau family created the Philippe Cousteau Foundation, but after disputes over the name with the Cousteau Society, the name was changed to Earth Echo International. Earth Echo is involved in many activities, including World Water Monitoring Day. Once the day came under their organization, it changed to Earth Echo Water Challenge. But no matter the name, the day’s goal remains to educate the masses about water sources and the subsequent safety inspections that should be carried out regularly.

World Water Monitoring Day Timeline

1972
Clean Water Act Passed
The U.S. Congress passes the Clean Water Act to prevent water pollution.

2003
First World Water Monitoring Day
America’s Clean Water Foundation creates and celebrates the first World Water Monitoring Day.

2006 — 2015
Sponsorship Changes
ACWF passes the sponsorship of the day to the International Water Association and Water Environment Federation before the sponsorship lands in the hands of the current organization, Earth Echo International.

21st Century
Water Shortage Due to Capitalism and Pollution
Many countries worldwide face severe water shortages due to pollution and capitalist greed.

How To Observe World Water Monitoring Day

Inspect your water source

Do some research and find out where the water you use comes from. It could be a river, stream, or well. Once you locate the source, get a water testing kit and start testing the water for all the critical factors related to acidity, temperature, clarity, and oxygen. If a company is responsible for supplying you with water, contact them to know more about their water testing inspections.

Get people involved

The more people you can reach for this cause, the better it is. One of the main goals of the day is to raise awareness amongst the masses. Host an event or get to talk to the people in your social groups. Educate the children about the importance of the day and its activity to carry the message with them.

Maintain water monitoring inspections

It’s good if you plan to do a water test on your water source, but do you know what would be better? Continuing this inspection process for the rest of the year whenever possible. Regular water tests will help you identify potential issues much sooner and, of course, for the better.

5 Facts About Water That Will Blow Your Mind

The water amount stays the same.

Because of its cyclical nature, the amount of water that has been present on Earth has remained the same since the beginning.

Water is a sign of life.

If scientists wish to search for life in dark unexplored corners of the Earth or space, they will look for water as all the species known to humankind depend on water in one way or another.

1% drinkable water on Earth

97% of the water on Earth is not drinkable, with 2% being trapped in glaciers and only 1% being actively available for human consumption.

Water is good for temperature regulation.

Your body’s temperature, as well as the earth’s temperature, is regulated by water.

Water defies gravity

Unlike many other liquids, water can defy gravity, and a prime example of this is how water travels up a plant’s roots and through its inner vessels.

Why We Love World Water Monitoring Day

It’s a reminder of water testing.

The World Water Monitoring Day initiative is a reminder to live a safe and healthy life while consuming one of the essential sources for survival. As they say, prevention is better than cure. Regular water testing makes us more likely to detect and identify an issue much sooner. This also directly translates into coming up with a solution before it becomes too late.

It’s a reminder of water sources.

Water has been on our planet since time immemorial, showing us how essential it is for us to take care of it for ourselves and our future generations. Water pollution is not a joke or a scam. Due to the source’s interconnected nature with many earth elements, including the air and soil, we must also be aware of air and soil pollution since whatever we put into said elements will impact water too.

It’s a reminder and celebration of life.

Water is life. There couldn’t be a better way to explain the magnitude of the World Water Monitoring Day. Humans depend on said source for not just drinking but irrigation, agriculture, electricity, and industrial usage.

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