Date: Wednesday, 18 September 2024
Founder: America’s Clean Water Foundation
Coordinator: EarthEcho International
World Water Monitoring Day is annually observed for the following purposes:
- to raise awareness of water pollution issues and the importance of regularly monitoring water sources,
- to educate people all over the globe about water sources and water safety inspections using water testing kits (they can test water for dissolved oxygen, acidity, temperature, and clarity),
- to promote public involvement in water monitoring and protecting water resources around the world.
The first World Water Monitoring Day was observed on October 18, 2003.
In 2003, America’s Clean Water Foundation (ACWF) launched the World Water Monitoring Day as a global educational outreach program by engaging citizens to conduct basic monitoring of their local water bodies.
Initially, the date was October 18, in honor of the US Clean Water Act, which was enacted on 18 October 1972 by Congress to restore and protect the water resources in the United States. However, this date was not ideal for some countries where the water bodies usually freeze during October. To maximize the number of participants and participating countries, thus, the official date was changed to the 18th of September in 2007.
In 2006, America’s Clean Water Foundation transferred the role of coordinator of the event to the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the International Water Association (IWA). In 2015, the coordinator of World Water Monitoring Day was transferred to EarthEcho International – an environmental nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., USA.