The world water monitoring challenge is not just restricted to this one day, but continues throughout the year from March to December. It aims to increase awareness of the need to protect water resources, and to encourage people to get involved in monitoring their local water bodies – to test the quality of the water using water testing kits, and to share their findings with others around the world.
How to get involved
Take part in water monitoring in your local area and share your information with others around the world! Simply register on the Water Monitoring web site: http://www.monitorwater.org/GetInvolved.aspx and use a water testing kit to measure the quality of the water in your local area. You can then submit your data and see how it compares to others around the world.
See the map of data around the world here
Take action on water quality
People do not realise the impact of their every day behaviour on water quality. By encouraging people to get involved in simple water monitoring tests and learning to recognise the indicators of water health the aims is to engage people in the protection of the world’s water resources, we can ensure that this essential natural resource is preserved for generations to come.
Take a look at these 6 top tips from the Water Pollution web site
• Conserve water by turning off the tap when running water is not necessary. This helps prevent water shortages and reduces the amount of contaminated water that needs treatment.
• Be careful about what you throw down your sink or toilet. Don’t throw paints, oils or other forms of litter down the drain.
• Use environmentally household products, such as washing powder, household cleaning agents and toiletries.
• Take great care not to overuse pesticides and fertilisers. This will prevent runoffs of the material into nearby water sources.
• By having more plants in your garden you are preventing fertiliser, pesticides and contaminated water from running off into nearby water sources.
• Don’t throw litter into rivers, lakes or oceans. Help clean up any litter you see on beaches or in rivers and lakes, make sure it is safe to collect the litter and put it in a nearby dustbin.