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World Water Monitoring Challenge starts Mar 22, World Water Day

World Water Monitoring Challenge™ is an international education and outreach program that builds public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world by engaging citizens to conduct basic monitoring of their local water bodies.
In 2013, a total of 184,965 visits were made by participants to monitoring sites in 51 countries. We challenge you to test the quality of your waterways, share your findings, and protect our most precious resource!

When is the WWMC monitoring period?
The monitoring period occurs any day/time between March 22 (World Water Day) and December 31. The WWMC coordinators officially observe World Water Monitoring Day on September 18 each year.

Test Kits
www.worldwatermonitoringday.org/TestKits.aspx

Basic Test Kit

The Basic Test Kit includes one set of hardware and enough reagents to conduct up to 50 rounds of testing for pH, dissolved oxygen, temperature, and turbidity. Included are:

1 Instruction booklet (English/Spanish)
1 Sample collection jar
1 pH test tube
1 Dissolved oxygen vial
1 Secchi disk decal
2 Temperature strips (14-40°C and 0-12°C)
50 pH reagent tablets (enough for 50 tests)
100 Dissolved oxygen reagent tablets (enough for 50 tests)
1 Color chart for determining DO, pH and turbidity test results
1 Mini pencil

Classroom Kit

The Classroom Kit includes five sets of hardware and enough reagents to conduct up to 50 rounds of testing for pH, dissolved oxygen, temperature, and turbidity. Included are:

1 Instruction booklet (English/Spanish)
5 Sample collection jars
5 pH test tubes
5 Dissolved oxygen vials
5 Secchi disk decals
10 Temperature strips (5 14-40°C and 5 0-12°C)
50 pH reagent tablets (enough for 50 tests)
100 Dissolved oxygen reagent tablets (enough for 50 tests)
5 Color charts for determining DO, pH and turbidity test results
5 Mini pencils
1 Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)

You may use your own equipment if you prefer!

Test Kit Tips

5-10 people per set of hardware is a good rule of thumb. Larger groups can rotate between stations focused on a specific parameter.
Young children should have adult supervision when monitoring.
Wear gloves or wash hands after handling the reagent tablets.

Resources
http://www.worldwatermonitoringday.org/Resources.aspx

Videos
www.youtube.com/MonitorWater

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Erick Burres
Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist)

Clean Water Team – Citizen Monitoring Coordinator
CWQMCN: Facilitator
Safe-to-Swim Work Group:  Co-Facilitator

Clean Water Team c/o LARWQCB
320 West 4th Street, Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90013

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eburres@waterboards.ca.gov

Clean Water Team
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www.youtube.com/cleanwaterteamvideos
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California Water Quality Monitoring Collaboration Network
www.waterboards.ca.gov/mywaterquality/monitoring_council/collaboration_network/index.shtml
www.youtube.ca.gov/CWQMCN