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Just another water day?

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Wetland Water Sample

A water sample taken from the last wetland in a filtering system in use on a farm in Taylor County, Iowa.

Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture/Natural Resources Conservation Service

Samantha Carney, Eurofins Eaton Analytical

Today is September 18th and World Water Monitoring Day (WWMD). You may be asking yourself, oh yea? Is it another arbitrarily chosen day to recognize water?  To those of us in the environmental industry, WWMD has a lot of significance. After all, it is one of our concerns in this business to monitor water systems to protect the people who consume it. To define what it means to “monitor water” a little more, it is to use an instrument or device to observe, check or keep a record of the quality of water. Under the careful observance of environmental regulations we work under, Eurofins does this every day, seven days a week.

WWMD first came into existence in 2003 when the America’s Clean Water Foundation (ACWF) designated the day as a global outreach program. The premise was to bring light and community involvement to protecting the Earth’s greatest resource, water. It challenged world communities to carry out basic monitoring on their own local bodies of water and local water systems. Originally the day of observance was to be on October 18th to recognize the anniversary of the Clean Water Act (CWA) that was enacted in 1972 by the US Congress. In 2007, September 18th was deemed WWMD to encompass more world community participation when weather was likely more suitable for monitoring their water.

In 2015, management of WWMD was transferred to EarthEcho International, a nonprofit organization out of Washington D.C. To date, more than a million people and 120 countries participate in the challenge to monitor water from March 22nd through December of each year. EarthEcho has developed test kits and an online database of results and information/resources to combat water resource issues worldwide. The basic test kit includes enough reagents to test 50 rounds of pH, dissolved oxygen, temperature and turbidity. EarthEcho also connect users of their services with six approved companies that can provide more advanced test kits for monitoring water. Lastly, EarthEcho has aimed to reach youth around the world in hopes of empowering them to make differences in their communities by using computers/programs, providing classroom materials and sponsoring a youth lead leadership council.

Eurofins cannot be more inspired by a day that is set aside for water monitoring. Our business has been built on the mission to “contribute to global health and safety by providing our customers with high-quality laboratory and advisory services.” It works for our customers here in the US and Europe because there are regulations and monetary resources to make it happen. Let us all remember why we need to protect our natural resources and support those organizations that are making positive impacts in countries that are not blanketed by regulations like the Clean Water Act or have the economy to support their local watersheds and over health of the local communities.

World Water Monitoring Day

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