Citizens Worldwide Take the World Water Monitoring Challenge

April 25, 2013

WEF Resources & Efforts

Click to see the World Water Monitoring Challenge Year in Review 2012.

World Water Monitoring Challenge™ (WWMC) continues to receive strong support worldwide. Last year, 254,459 visits were made to monitor local streams, rivers, lakes, and other waterways, according to the WWMC Year in Review released by the Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) and International Water Association (London).

Data from both individuals and groups were reported from 66 countries. Participants from Albania to Zimbabwe used more than 12,000 WWMC monitoring kits to test waterways for dissolved oxygen, acidity, temperature, and clarity. Waterways were located in a range of settings, from agricultural to commercial, and from residential to industrial, on six continents. The greatest numbers of sites monitored were reported from the United States with 2971 sites, Spain with 1320 sites, Romania with 176 sites, and Canada with 175 sites.

Children test local waterways in Austria with the World Water Monitoring Challenge (WWMC) test kits. WWMC photo.

Children test local waterways in Austria with the World Water Monitoring Challenge (WWMC) test kits. WWMC photo.

WWMC, an international education and outreach program, builds public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources by challenging citizens to monitor their waterways using hands-on water monitoring tests. Anyone who wants to participate in 2013 can monitor waterways and report data on the WWMC database until Dec. 31.

WWMC receives financial and in-kind support from primary sponsors, including Xylem Inc. (White Plains, N.Y.), Smithfield Foods (Smithfield, Va.), and the U.S. Geological Survey.

For more information, see www.MonitorWater.org, or contact wwmc@wef.org.

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