World Water Monitoring Day (WWMD)
World Water Monitoring day (WWMD) takes place annually on 18th September. The aim of World Water Monitoring Day is to raise awareness and bring attention to the importance of Water quality. It was established in 2003 by America’s Clean Water Foundation (ACWF) as a global educational outreach program that aims to build public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world by enabling citizens to carry out basic monitoring of their local water bodies. Roberta (Robbi) Savage, ACWF’s President and CEO created WWMD and Edward Moyer was the first WWMD Coordinator.
Water Quality can be tested by means of a A simple test kit which enables everyone, children and adults, to sample local water bodies for a set of water quality parameters including temperature, acidity (pH), clarity (turbidity) and dissolved oxygen (DO). Results are then shared with participating communities around the globe through the WWMC website.
World Water Monitoring Day was initially chosen to be a month later (October 18) to recognize the anniversary of the US Clean Water Act, which was enacted by the US Congress in 1972 to restore and protect the country’s water resources. In 2007, the date was changed to enable participation in parts of the world where temperatures reach freezing at that time. In 2006, ACWF transferred coordination of the event to the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the International Water Association (IWA) with the aim of expanding participation to one million people in 100 countries by 2012. In January 2015 the management of World Water Monitoring Day was again transferred – this time to Phillipe Cousteau’s educational non-profit EarthEcho International.