World Water Monitoring Day

World Water Monitoring Day

World Water Monitoring Day (WWMD) is an international education and outreach program that builds public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world by engaging citizens to conduct basic monitoring of their local water bodies.

Water monitoring provides basic information about streams, lakes, estuaries and coastal waters to provide a better understanding of whether they are safe enough to swim in, fish from, or use for drinking or irrigation purposes.

A test kit enables children and adults to sample local water bodies for a core set of water quality parameters including temperature, acidity (pH), clarity (turbidity) and dissolved oxygen (DO). Results are shared with participating communities around the globe through the WWMD Web site.

WWMD organizers are the Water Environment Federation and the International Water Association. They publish program data annually.

Project Details

  • PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST: various regional scientists
  • SCIENTIST AFFILIATION: Water Environment Federation, International Water Association
  • DATES: Thursday, March 22, 2012 - Monday, December 31, 2012
  • PROJECT TYPE: Fieldwork
  • COST: Free
  • GRADE LEVEL: All Ages

    Register by visiting the WWMD Web site.

    Any questions should be emailed to

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