It’s no secret that our planet is battling a number of crises at the moment – with water quality and scarcity being a major problem. And it’s not just lesser developed economies that seem to be struggling.

According to the European Environment Agency, good ecological status has only been achieved for around 40% of the world’s surface waters – which includes rivers, lakes, transitional and coast aqua. Clean, sufficient, and reliable resources are not only detrimental to our health and safety, but the future of our planet too. 

As well as being used as disposal routes for human, agricultural, and industrial wastes, open bodies of water have been altered to facilitate agriculture and urbanisation, as well as energy production and flood prevention – for example, by building dams and canals. Habitat degradation, chemical pollution, and nutrient enrichment all continue to be impacted as a result.

While there are certainly no overnight, silver bullet solutions to mitigate such effects, various initiatives exist to help kerb the crisis. And today, recognised globally as World Water Monitoring Day, is just one of many.

A global education outreach programme, dedicated to protecting water sources in any and all forms, the programme was established by America’s Clean Water Foundation (CWF) in 2003. As a crucial educational outreach programme, the primary goal of the event is to empower communities to carry out standard monitoring of their local water bodies.

With a simple test kit, people of all ages can sample this precious resource for a number of parameters that will determine water quality – including everything from clarity and acidity (pH) through to temperature. World Water Monitoring Day’s sponsor, Earth Echo International, provides all the information communities need to know about testing, and even share various monitoring results with participating communities from around the world.

The reality is, while we may associate lesser quality with open bodies of water, not even the liquid coming from our tap can be trusted all of the time. Of course, municipal sources are generally monitored and treated against pollution and disease by regulators, but how can we be so sure without having the resources to test?

Only last year, the UK Government was under scrutiny for not testing against ubiquitous – and quite frankly dangerous – perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), for example. 

That’s why not only testing, but also sharing your results, is a crucial way to protect both human and environmental health. As well as looking at ways to protect your waterways, you can present your findings to local government officials or neighbourhood communities to restore quality. 

By each playing a part in conserving freshwater supplies, we can sustain it as a natural resource for generations to come.

If you’d like to speak further on this topic with a specialist, our leak detection technology experts are always happy to chat. Call: 01226 244 200, or email: enquiries@waterguard.co.uk.