World Water Monitoring Day

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World Water Monitoring Day is observed globally on 18 September since 2003. This day is celebrated to increase public awareness and involvement in water monitoring and protecting water resources around the world. World Water Monitoring Day engages people of all ages in monitoring the condition of local rivers, streams, estuaries and other water bodies.

There are over 30 countries that have been facing a shortage of water. Singapore has the highest water stress ranking. The country is densely populated, and its demand exceeds the natural supply.


The day was established in 2003 by America’s Clean Water Foundation (ACWF) as a global educational outreach program by engaging citizens to conduct basic monitoring of their local water bodies. The event is now coordinated by the Water Environment Federation and the International Water Association.


Water Monitoring Day aims to build public involvement and awareness regarding the protection of water resources around the globe by ensuring that citizens are empowered to carry out standard monitoring of their local water bodies. A simple test kit will enable everyone – both children and adults – to sample local water bodies for a few parameters that will determine water quality. This includes dissolved oxygen (DO), as well as clarity (turbidity), acidity (pH), and temperature.


Theme for World Water Monitoring Day 2020 is ‘Solve Water.