The “World Water Monitoring Challenge” Is On!

Every day many of us wake up and take a shower, brush our teeth and drink a cup of coffee. If it’s the weekend or vacation-time, we may even get to enjoy a dip in the lake or a relaxing day on a boat.

But at any point during those activities do you wonder where that water comes from or if it is truly safe to consume? Although most of the water we consume comes from lakes, streams, coastal waters or wells, we tend to take it for granted – until we read about our water source becoming polluted or somehow compromised.

Contaminated water causes a range of diseases that can be life threatening. In developing countries, having access to clean water is often a very daunting problem as both biological disease agents and chemical pollutants are compromising drinking-water quality. According toWorld Health Organization, 780 million people lack access to clean water worldwide and 3.4 million die each year from a water-related disease.

In an effort to educate and create outreach programs that build public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world, two international nonprofit organizations, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the International Water Association(IWA), partnered to launch the World Water Monitoring Challenge (WWMC).

The purpose of the challenge is to encourage people everywhere to test the quality of their waterways, share their findings, and help protect our most precious resource. More than 60,000 people from over 40 countries are taking part in this year’s program by using their monitoring kits to enter their test results into an international database.

It’s not too late to get involved. Monitoring kits are available for anyone interested in participating.By supporting basic water monitoring, WWMC encourages people all over the world to be more conscientious and responsible for their water resources.

Xylem Inc. is proud to join such other primary sponsors as the U.S. Geological Survey and theU.S. Environmental Protection Agency in supporting this critical effort. For more details about World Water Monitoring Challenge and how to participate in 2012 and beyond,

Did you get involved? We’d be interested in hearing what you did.