Monitoring Our Water Resources for a Sustainable Future

As today is World Water Monitoring Day, I assume you are wearing your “I  Water” t-shirt – or perhaps you are secretly wearing it to work, under your formal business attire? If so, you are probably in good company.

World Water Monitoring Day – not to be confused with World Water Day (which we celebrate on March 22) – provides us with an opportunity to learn about our water resources and how to ensure they stay safe and clean. Initiated in 2003 by America’s Clean Water Foundation (ACWF), this day was used to raise awareness and to empower people around the globe to help sustain their own health and safety. Today, this program has evolved to become the EarthEcho Water Challenge and people are encouraged to test their local water resources, share the data in the globally accessible information database, and use the results to protect their community. Their Test, Share, Protect approach to water resource education has sparked international interest with 146 countries and over 1.5 million people currently participating to monitor over 77,000 bodies of water.

We try to keep water quality at the forefront of what we do, so World Water Monitoring Day is a great reminder for us to provide the best solutions for ensuring our water resources can be properly monitored.

Want to test your general knowledge of water quality?  Check out the following True/False questions:

  1. Water that has traveled underground naturally gets filtered, so it’s guaranteed to be pure
  2. To determine whether water should be tested using special chemical or biological tests, you should determine the water’s hardness level and measure that against the time of year you’re taking your measurements
  3. Measuring the turbidity of the water can help determine the bacteriological safety of the water
  4. Getting water from a well that’s located downhill from a septic tank is more likely to suffer from water pollution
  5. When determining the safety of a water source, the single most important factor to test for is the presence of disease-producing organisms
  6. The U.S. EPA has a specific definition of “good water quality”
  7. Running water purifies itself to a quality level that meets “drinking water quality” guidelines after it has flowed continuously over a specified distance

Stay tuned next week for the answers to these true/false questions (or check in to verify what you already know)

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