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  2. Have you given much thought to the quality of water around you?  Perhaps not, but thousands of others throughout the world have.  Each year since 2002, participants around the world have taken part in World Water Monitoring Day and the program has steadily grown to over 200,000 participants from 85 countries taking part in 2010.

    Coordinated by the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the International Water Association (IWA), this important annual outreach invites citizens throughout the world to monitor the quality of local streams, rivers, lakes, ponds and other water resources anytime between March 22 (World Water Day) and December 31 and report the results on an international database.

    You don’t have to be an experienced water monitor to participate. An easy-to-use test kit will enable everyone regardless of age or experience to sample for a core set of water quality parameters including temperature, pH (acidity), turbidity (clarity) and dissolved oxygen (DO). Results can then be shared with participating communities around the globe through the World Water Monitoring Day website.
    This year’s local sponsor is the Littleton/Englewood Wastewater Treatment Plant.
    How do you participate?
    • Schedule time & reserve a free test kit.  To reserve a test kit and schedule a time to perform water sampling at various sites, call Page Parker at 303-762-2634.  Plant staff are available to escort groups anytime between September 19 and October 16.


    • Sample water on the So. Platte River.  Use your own equipment or the free kit provided by the Littleton/Englewood Wastewater Treatment Plant.  Each kit contains an informative instruction booklet, and you will be given safety glasses and gloves.


    • Attend the Clean Water Open House and Exposition at the Wastewater Treatment Plant on Wednesday, September 28.  Exhibits, slide shows, and hands-on experiments, plus tours of the Wastewater Plant’s Laboratory and Englewood’s Allen Water Plant.  Refreshments provided!


    • Report your data.  You did the work, so let us know about your water monitoring results.  You can submit your results via the World Water Monitoring Day website until December 31st.  Individuals can leave their data collection sheet with the Treatment Plant and they will enter the data for you.
    Don't miss your chance to participate in this global water event!
    For more information World Water Monitoring Day activities, please click here to view an informational program brochure.