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2011 Participant Stories

12/1/2011
Submitted by 2011 Participant Stories


Armenia
Belarus
Cuba
Cyprus
Ecuador
Georgia
Ghana
Mexico
Pakistan
Philippines
Russia
South Africa
United States
Uruguay
 

 

Armenia

Country Water Partnership NGO is a scientific educational organization which has several missions: to assist in the improvement of water resources protection; to assist in management and effective use processes; in the water users’ rights protection; public awareness; and especially formation of environmental outlook. One of the main goals is to raise public awareness on nature protection; to formulate the environmental outlook and ascertain the gained knowledge in empiric way makes better and deeper impressions on a person. We have tried to implement this goal by organizing water monitoring activities in different residential areas of RA by involving school children in the process. Harutyunyan, a representative from USAID office in Armenia, was also accompanying us.

Our monitoring activity was implemented together with the 4th grade A class students. We monitored the pond situated in Haghtanak Park, Yerevan. Due to the heavy rain, the monitoring activity was held in the classroom and we demonstrated the process of water monitoring with the World Water Monitoring Day kits. There were about 35 participants. The results of the monitoring were as follows: water turbidity, 40JTU; water temperature, fixed as 16oC; DO, 4ppm; pH 9; and air temperature was 26oC.

After finishing the monitoring activity, the monitoring kit was presented to our new water monitoring agents, as they could implement many other investigations by themselves. So the simplest investigation of a water body gave the participants knowledge on the general indications of water quality. The participants gained the skills of implementing water monitoring without having any prior knowledge in biology.

 

Belarus  

This is the second year when Slonim gymnasium 1 has organized World Water Monitoring Day. This time ENO club has managed to expand its activities and invite more students and teachers to join them. The number of the participants has increased. About 30 7-graders became the most active participants to spread the word about the importance of keeping all the world’s water bodies clean. They chose November 11 as a day to celebrate Water Day in their gymnasium as they were eager to showcase their activities in the One Day of Earth project.  

On that day they made and showed presentations on the qualities of water to their classmates emphasizing the necessity of every person to save water in their daily life. There were no indifferent students in the discussion “What is your part in preserving water?” That week they also organized the “What do you know about water?” contest and “Drops of life” drawing contest for the students of 3A and 3B grades. Everybody was very excited and enjoyed all the events. 

But the main thing was monitoring the water bodies. On November 11 18 students of 7A and two teachers Irina Volynets (ENO Belarus coordinator) and a teacher of English Tatyana Shut went to the nearest water bodies to make some measurements there. The students were very thrilled as they were going to monitor the same bodies and compare the results. Pictures can be seen here: https://picasaweb.google.com/106185194558535656780/WorldWaterMonitoringDay2011# 

After reading the instructions they went to the Schara River – the main town’s river  and the Oginsky Canal which runs to the Schara River and there is a park on its left bank - to sample the water and test it. They measured water temperature, turbidity, dissolved oxygen and pH.  

This year ENO club has been able to monitor 4 more sites. Some parents joined their activities and helped sampled the water from Lake Lobazovskoye and Lake Soldatskoye.   

As some water bodies were far from the school, testing was done at school where water samples from Lake Soldatskoye and Lake Albertinskoye were brought.  

The weather in December wasn’t typical  for Belarus. It’s usually frosty and very cold here. There is a lot of snow. But the weather was like the weather in autumn. The rivers and lakes weren’t frozen and there was one more opportunity to monitor one more site. 

On December 30 the teacher Irina Volynets and her son aged 8 went to the Schara River that flows not far from their house to make the necessary measurements. Her son got very interested and was happy to monitor the  river and learn that the river isn’t dirty. 

The results of the water monitoring are shown in the table below: 

 

The water body 

Date 

Air Temp  

Turbidity 

pH 

DO  

The Oginsky Canal 

November 11, 2011 

+4 C 

0 JTU 

7 

4ppm 

The Schara River 1 

November 11, 2011 

+4 C 

0 JTU 

7 

4ppm 

The Schara River (Selkhoztechnika district) 

December 30, 2011 

+2 C 

0 JTU 

7 

4ppm 

Lake Soldatskoye  

December 14, 2011 

+2 C 

0 JTU 

7 

4ppm 

Lake Lobazovskoye 

December 10, 2011 

+4 C 

0 JTU 

7 

4ppm 

Lake Albertinskoye 

December 27, 2011 

+ 8C 

0 JTU 

7 

4ppm 

 

All the participants of  WWMD activities realized that everybody can do their part in the conservation of the environment  and all people  should unite their efforts  to keep water bodies clean. 

 

Cuba

Lawn Tennis Athletes Monitor the Water in Pinar del Río, Cuba

Sports and water are closely related and there are many reasons to explain this. It said and done that the performance of a sports athlete depends on the quantity and quality of water he drinks or simply takes for his daily life. However, the local authorities are not always able to guarantee that the water they pump from the source to the residential and state’s entities are of adequate quality.

Thanks to the WWMD programme in Pinar del Río, Cuba, we monitored the water of sport facilities. A lawn tennis trainer of 11-12 aged girls and his athletes were involved in researching and exercising tests hoping for favourable water results. Worried about the quality of water they drink, the trainer and his athletes decided to use the WWMD kit to confirm their visual observation. The following are our figures:
 

 

Parameter 

Site 1 

Date

November 24, 2011

Location

Lawn tennis Court, Guamá Sport Facility, Pinar del Río, Cuba

Air Temp

25 C

Turbidity

0 JTU

Water temp

26 C

DO

O PPM

PH

7 +

 

Despite the fact that most of the parameters do not show a hazardous situation concerning water quality, it is very important that environmental management involves all individuals around this facility and they should carry this practice from this point on. The most worrying indicator seems to be pH; although still neutral, it moves to an acidic tendency. Further research must be held after this news. Many questions have to be asked in searching for the causes and the possible solution for this problem. Our athletes need healthy water and this is the most important thing after all. Written by BCh. Ariel Miló González and MSc. Fernando Emilio Valladares Fuente.

Monitoring Water in the Academy of Swimming, Pinar del Río, Cuba 
 

Water is essential to life and more if we have to deal with it in most of our daily actions. But is it good enough to trust in its benefits? Sometimes we take for granted that our authorities provide the water we need to live in all our practices. In fact, they make great efforts to purify and transport the water from long distances. However, not all the local governments count on the most updated technologies and instruments to pump or store the water people need and consume every day. In this report, some of the individuals who have to deal with water all the time are the swimming athletes of the Academy in Pinar del Río. One of the objectives of the Agenda of the Cuba GSA team is to monitor the water at the Academy while taking advantage of the World Water Monitoring Day test kits. Considering the possibilities that we may have hazardous water, our team went to see what was to be found in this facility. It’s a reality that our country runs out of resources but even knowing that, water can not be harmful to the athletes. The kit finally confirmed our forefeeling. Our collaborators applied the test in nearby ponds, the swimming pool and also the drinking water stored for months in a dam.

The results couldn’t be more warning. The pond kept incompatible for aquatic life. The PH was 6, the DO 0 ppm, and the turbidity was not considerable despite many trucks are used to shedding oil in its water. The swimming pool didn’t express much danger since CL got to be applied systematically and rationally. What really worries us is the drinking water which goes lightly toward an acidic trend, which the details are found as follows. It is more that said and done that monitoring should be kept permanently and further than that management has to be done soon to prevent a drastic outcome.

 


Parameter 

Site 1 

Date

November 24, 2011

Location

Swimming Academy. Pinar del Río, Cuba

Air Temp

25 C

Turbidity

0 JTU

Water temp

26 C

DO

O PPM

PH

6

 

Written by MSc. Rubén Delgado García and MSc. Fernando E. Valladares Fuente.

Sailing and Canoeing Athletes in Cuba Protect Their Water with WWMD Program

It is the most striking news for all of the Cuba GSA collaborators that now we are working together with the WWMD program. Many athletes who live and practice their physical activity in the sea shore waters have come to the Sport University of Pinar del Río Cuba to ask for the kit and the methodological guide to measure the parameters. Additionally, they ask for the coming actions which follow this monitoring process.  The sailing and canoeing athletes in la Coloma, Pinar del Río, Cuba have understood that it is impossible to keep on living in a world of contaminated and spoiled water.
 

The kit provides real and accurate data.  Turbidity does not look so alarming at 4 JTU, which was less than expected. However, with a pH of 6, this tendency announces that light acidity is coming to the athletes and neighbors’ lives. Oxygen keeps in between 0 to 4 ppm and temperatures read 25C, so fish and vegetal species are still giving vital signs. But they will eventually stop if the fishing center nearby does not take the warning measures concerning oil spilling and other discarded materials seriously. It is not only a problem of estate’s entities; people also carry out unrespectable actions to nature and they are committing suicide at a slow term of time.
 

Young sports athletes in la Coloma are coming together to start a campaign in which they monitor the water and show the results to the local government. This is the only way to find support and resources to clean the water they need for their present and future. It is the time to care for our lives and the ones who surround us in this Earth. Written by  Fidel Valdés Diaz and Fernando Emilio Valladares Fuente.
 

Psychological Treatment in Athletes

It sounds crazy but in our times it is a relief to know that the water surrounding us is healthy, even for athletes who need to drink water all the time. This is the case in Sumidero, Pinar del Río, Cuba; a little town located around 40 km from the capital of the province. A professor of psychology of the Sports University intended to use the WWMD kit to monitor the water which the athletes drink in this community. In the case of the ponds nearby, he concluded that animal and vegetal life was hard to prosper due to the existence of inorganic fertilizer near this water reservoir. In terms of drinking water, he found some stores with an unbalanced pH which tended to the acidic trend.
 

For all of the monitored fields, the professor engaged to continue evaluating the waters of these resources and updating the authorities of his results in the search of a solution. It is said that inadequate water could bring diseases and a serious psychological disturbance to athletes and members of the community. Going further than simply evaluating results, environmental actions must be carried out to clean and repair the water piping in that zone. Also, the ponds nearby must be treated or somehow removed from those toxic crops raisers which at second hand affect us as well. Written MSc. Vladimir Medina Vaillant and MSc. Fernando E. Valladares Fuente. 

 

Cyprus

 

On 18 June 2011, an event was organised by NIREAS, the International Water Research Center and GAIA, Laboratory of Environmental Engineering of the University of Cyprus related to the monitoring and protection of water resources by young researchers. The event took place in the context of the international educational program, World Water Monitoring Day, which is coordinated by IWA and WEF. The program seeks the active participation of young researchers and the general public in monitoring the quality of water bodies. This is the second time Cyprus has participated in this event.

Thirty children aged between 5 and 12 years were welcomed by the scientific team at the new campus of the University of Cyprus. Breakfast and t-shirts were offered to the team with the WWMD and NIREAS logos. Badges with the children’s names and WWMD stickers were distributed to them. First, a presentation was given about the importance of water for humans and biota. The children had the opportunity to discuss the significance of water monitoring and protection and be informed on the various water quality parameters that were about to be measured later at the lake.

The children were then transferred at the lake of St. George Athalassa Park, divided into 7 groups and used the WWMD test kits for sample taking and measurement of the water temperature, turbidity, dissolved oxygen (DO) and pH. The results have been shared with the other participating countries through the WWMD data map and showed increased turbidity and relatively decreased DO in the lake. The groups also discussed issues related to the presence of animals, insects, fishes, and other objects in the lake.

During the third and final part of the event, the children visited the laboratories where they calculated the average values of the parameters measured by the 7 groups and observed the aquatic organisms contained in the water of the lake with the help of an inverted microscope. Finally, the children were awarded certificates and commemorative gifts for their participation in the event.

The organisation of this event showed that youngsters can actively participate in such water-related research activities, which are crucial to the protection of the environment.

 

Ecuador

 

Lumbaqui

En la ciudad de Lumbaqui en la Amazonía ecuatoriana, el Gobierno Municipal de Gonzalo Pizarro, estudiantes de colegio, y grupos locales realizaron un día de limpieza del río Lumbaqui con el apoyo de EcoCiencia. Este evento se realizó el 25 de mayo con la participación de 25 personas. Se colectaron 4 muestras en 4 sitios diferentes del río Lumbaqui. En algunos tramos del río hay presencia de basura en las orillas y la gente lava la ropa contaminando el agua con cloro y detergentes. Estos sitios fueron seleccionados porque el río Lumbaqui es un sitio para actividades turísticas y los habitantes de la zona utilizan el río para su recreación. Los participantes apoyaron esta “minga” (trabajo comunitario) de limpieza y reconocieron los problemas que tiene el río. Los resultados obtenidos muestran que el agua del río tiene pH ligeramente básico y bajos niveles de oxígeno disuelto por la alta presencia de materia orgánica característico de los ríos amazónicos.

College students and local groups from the city of Lumbaqui in the Ecuadorian Amazon, the municipal government of Gonzalo Pizarro, participated in a river cleanup day in the river Lumbaqui with support of EcoCiencia. This event was held on May 25 and attended by 25 people. Four samples were collected at four different sites on the river Lumbaqui.
 

Participants supported the clean up "minga" (community work) and recognized the problems with the stream. Garbage was present at some areas of the river and people wash their clothes in the river, contaminating the water with chlorine and detergents. These sites were selected because the river Lumbaqui is a popular site for tourist and also used by the locals for recreation. The results of the water monitoring show that the river water has a slightly basic pH and also has low dissolved oxygen levels due to the high presence of organic matter, characteristic of the Amazonian rivers.

 

Georgia

 

The Mertskhali School in Tbilisi held World Water Monitoring Days (WWMD) on April 28th and May 18th. The 6th grade students and teachers organized the first water monitoring event on April 28th. That day, the students learned the monitoring rules and instructions. Then they tested the drinking water and experimented with pH.

Another WWMD was held onMay 18 with the help of the NGO "Save the Environment" and the Hydro-meteorological Laboratory of Tbilisi State University. Eight students and two teachers visited the laboratory near the river Vere. Vere is a small river which flows into the river Mtkvari (Kura) in Tbilisi. The river flows into pipes over 2 km in length and passes the hydro-meteorological laboratory. 

The students were given an interesting lecture about the hydro-meteorology, the stream regimen and the history of floods of the river Vere. They then visited a weather station before arriving at the river bank. At the river bank the students measured the water level and of the velocity of the stream. Finally, the children tested the river water using a WWMD test kit. The turbidity of the water was high (100 jtu), the water temperature was 14*C, the Dissolved Oxygen was 4ppm and the pH level was 8.

 

Ghana

 

On the 7th October 2011, Rural Education and Agriculture International (READI) in collaboration Water Resource Commission, Ghana embarked on the World Water Monitoring Day at the Nyinahin, the district capital of Atwima Mponua in the Ashanti Region. Over 30 teachers and students from the Nyinahin Catholic SHS participated. Mr Antwi from A ROCHA Ghana started the programme by giving a brief introduction to water management and the need to preserve our water resources while Mr. Isaac Nunoo, the CEO of READI, explained the main purpose of World Water Monitoring Day. He also took the school pupils through the use of the water monitoring kits.

Thereafter, students were divided into five groups and given a WWMD kit, which allowed them to perform basic water monitoring tests. The tests were carried out at Offin River, which flows through Adeambra. The students got water samples and the following parameters were determined: water temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen and turbidity of the water.  They worked and cooperated as a team. At the end of the program, we all agreed that water resource preservation was everyone's business and they need to “preserve water resources to preserve lives.”

Students really had a great time, they had fun, and learned at the same time. And they promised to share the knowledge with other students.

Results from the monitoring:


Parameters 

Site 1 

Site 2 

Site 3 

Site 4 

Site 5 

Turbidity

40 JTE

40 JTE

0 JTE

40 JTE

40 JTE

Water Temp

32

32

30

32

30

DO

4 PPM

4 PPM

4 PPM

4 PPM

4 PPM

pH

7

7

7

7

7

 

 

Mexico

Sabinas

We were waiting for the water monitoring test kit for a month and finally received it on September 1st. We practiced the use of each component and also conducted the real test with students of Ignacio Zaragoza Elementary School in Sabinas city at Coahuila State of Mexico. We live next of the Sabinas River where the community is made up of roughly 50 thousands citizens. The economic activities in the area include mining, agriculture, and livestock -- so it’s important to maintain the health of the river. This is the reason why we began the water monitoring activities involving local young students.

Though the World Water Monitoring Day was on Sunday, September 18th, we held it on a class day, which was the following Monday.  Teacher Yolanda Reyna, 15 grade 5 students, four mothers, and I walked to the river to take five water samples.  We took the samples back to the classroom so that we could have the other 10 students participate as well.  It was funny the use latex gloves like scientists.  It was also very interesting using the thermometers and how the colors changed for the tests and comparing them to the color chart.

We made five teams of students and each of them reviewed the colors to make graphics to compare the results of the river water.  We use a test sample with the city water and the results revealed that the river water has more alkaline, less dissolved oxygen and more turbidity.The discussion to propose activities to keep clean the water river was great.  The activities included actions to talk with the municipal government to help in the river conservation, to change some old actions in homes, and the most important: to treasure this region and its water.

 

San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende is located in the central Mexico state of Guanajuato. The prevailing climate throughout the year is temperate and semi arid with moderate rainfall in the months from May to October. Hydrography is confined to a single river flow during the rainy months, delivering water into the Allende dam, located on the outskirts of the city. Nearby are some other smaller capacity reservoirs that provide water for agricultural use. The population's drinking water comes from groundwater and, possibly in the future, the dam water.
 

Click here to read an interview with Ing. Enrique Salvador García y García, a trustee of the University of Guanajuato Board of Directors of the Utility Water SMA. Ing. García hopes to roll out the WWMD program throughout the region in 2011.

 

Pakistan

 

Panjpir is located in center of District Swabi and is surrounded by mountains from two sides. The temperature of the air remains high during May to September and the area has normal rain fall.
 

The BERD team conducted World Water Monitoring Day on 22nd May, 2011. Over 50 students from the Government high school of Saleem khan, along with teachers, local community members of Panjpir village and representatives of BERD organization, Mr. Rangeen khan, Syed Nadeem Shah and Gul Zar Ghani, participated in the program.
 

The main objective of the activity was to create awareness among community members and students of the importance of water, the water crisis and their involvement in protecting water resources by engaging them in monitoring water in the surrounding area.

Local persons led us to a water source nearby the mountain. Students used world water monitoring kits and noted air temperature, water temperature, turbidity, dissolve oxygen and PH. The following were the results:
 

Date: 22/05/2011
Air Temperature: 40 C
Turbidity: 0 JTU
Water Temperature: 28 C
Dissolve Oxygen: 4 ppm
pH: 7

 

Philippines

 

Barangay Hinaplanp (Iligan City)

More than 900 students and teachers of Iligan City East High School-Hinaplanon and local people of  Barangay Hinaplanp, Iligan City took part in the launching of the World Water Monitoring Day  last March 4, 2011 at 3 PM.

The activity aims to increase students’ awareness and involvement in protecting water resources by engaging them to monitor the water condition in the community. Using WWMD test kits, students and teachers took water samples from different sites of Madulog River to test water temperature, acidity (pH), clarity (turbidity) and dissolved oxygen (DO). These results will be shared with participating communities around the globe through the World Water Monitoring Day website.

The activity is in response to the result of the water monitoring activity conducted last December 17, 2010. During the launching, four  major activities conducted: Water testing, tree planting and river clean-up and recycling campaign.  Water monitoring covers 4 sites in Barangay Hinaplanon, Brgy. San Roque, Upper Hinaplanon and part of Lambaguhon. Creeks, canals, ponds and water drains from the households were also considered in the water testing activity.

Samsodin Gandamra, a 13 –year old first year student  who lives along the banks of the river said that  the activity taught him not to throw trash in the river for this will affect the river condition. He now understands that the activities of the community have great effects on the water’s temperature, turbidity and ph condition. Fourth Year student Wael Dimacaling commented that it is timely that their section opted to plant  trees along the river because trees prevent soil erosion. Erosion causes the river to be turbid and this will affect the river’s marine life.

The school’s water monitoring program is a global educational outreach program that aims to build public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world by empowering students and local people to carry out basic monitoring of their local water bodies.

Dalipuga (Iligan City)

Pursuant to Division Memorandum No. 67  dated April 28, 2011, a Summer In-service Training for Secondary Science Teachers was conducted last  May 18-20, 2011 with the objectives of the strengthening the teaching skills and to learn new techniques  and strategies in teaching science. The training was attended by more than 60 secondary science teachers.

Part of the activity was the water monitoring conducted on May 20, 2011 in consonance with the celebration of the International Biodiversity Day.  The teachers were divided into 4 groups. The first group covers Buruun-Linamon to MVC Creek at Buruun. Part of the city proper going to Tambo Talipapa beside the barangay hall of Barangay Hall was taken by the second group. Valderama Creek side at Sta. Filomena going to ICC- LaFarge Creek was covered by the third group and the last group handled water bodies from Tag-ibo Creek to Centennial Park.

Participants sampled water along coastal areas or along the local and national highways streams, rivers, ponds, canals and other water bodies for four key water quality indicators: dissolved oxygen, pH, temperature, and turbidity. Some groups also monitored for the presence of macro-invertebrates such as dragonflies, snails, river prawns and others. Samples were taken in a range of settings — agricultural, commercial, residential, and industrial boundary to boundary (Buruun to Centennial park in Dalipuga). World Water Monitoring Day test kits were distributed to each group to test the four key water quality indicators.

While officially observed on Sept. 18, World Water Monitoring Day activities took place from March through December. A total of 62 secondary science teachers monitored the assigned sites.   

Davao City

Mr. Ryan Yuen, Regional Director of International Water Association, introduced the World Water Monitoring Day (WMMD) Program, an international education and outreach program that has been in place for nine (9) years. Its goal is to educate and engage citizens in the protection of the world’s water resources. It is anchored at making the people understand and ask the right questions – such as “how does the use of land around the river and the weather affect the quality of water?” It encourages people to reflect on personal level what and how they can help improve the quality of water.
 

Although WWMD is officially celebrated on September 18, the program introduced an extended monitoring period from March 22 until December 31 in order to accommodate groups that wish to monitor at other times during the year. Monitoring is being done by measuring the water quality through a test kit.
 

Mr. Yuen taught the students how to use the kit in measuring the turbidity, temperature, dissolved oxygen and PH of water. Those who took part were grateful for the experience of water sampling at Davao River using the water quality monitoring kit.

Wearing their World Water Monitoring Day T-shirts, the students took a five minute walk towards Brgy. 2-A, the venue of the activity. They were welcomed by Brgy. Capt. Marcius Garcia. Read More.

 

Mandulog River (Iligan City)

Iligan City East High School-Hinaplanon in Iligan City, Philippines held its 2nd Summer Reading Camp last April 28, 2011 – May 18, 2011. One hundred twenty (120) incoming freshmen students actively joined the said activity. There were twelve (12) teachers of the different subject areas (English, Math, Science, Filipino, Araling Panlipunan and Values Education) who facilitated the event. Various activities including indoor and outdoor activities were conducted to enhance the reading skills of the campers.  Such activities were in the form of songs, games, role plays and group interactions where they were allowed to express themselves and interact with each other. 

One of the activities in Science is a hands-on learning activity were students were given a task to monitor Mandulog River near their school. Why monitor? This is a big question that pops up on the mind of the students, but as Sherlita Daguisonan, PhD., explained, conducting such an activity is important in order to find out if the river is safe enough to swim in, fish from, or use for drinking. Monitoring provides this basic information.  Students were amazed by the monitoring kit which she introduced.

Furthermore, students were grouped together and completed the task using the monitoring kit. They got a water sample and discovered the following: air temperature, water temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen and turbidity of the water.  They worked and cooperated as a team.  Students really had a great time doing it and agreed that learning is fun.

One of the student quips “we are very lucky to be part of this exciting, fun-filled activity. It gives us the opportunity to be part of worldwide endeavor of the concern to environment specifically the water sources.”

Significance of the results was then discussed by Sherlita Daguisonan PhD., thus making the activity a successful and enjoyable one, thanks to her.

 

Russia

Golovin

We are a team in the Russia Vladimir region, Sudogodskoye, near the village of Golovin. Our team is called "Star".

The data below represents water monitoring results conducted on 24 May 2011. First, we read the instructions on the application kit. Secondly, we reviewed the safety guidelines. Team Star visited the three bodies of water located near the village:
 

Location One: the Pol River, which flows near the village of Rogovo (coordinates.

Location Two: Pond, which is located in the heart of the village of Golovin (coordinates).

Location Three: Cherepova Lake, which is located near the village Prokuninand Cherepova.

Three total samples were taken. The event was attended by three, grade 5 students from Golovinskaya School. The students learned about these sites from a chemistry teacher and she had learned from her friends. Our findings are presented in the table below.

Through this event, students learned to use the equipment and the application of the equipment to study water. We found out that the water in the district was enough clean, enriched with oxygen. The team was surprised by the thermometer. It was overall a very interesting experience. See more of our photos here.

 

parameter

Location One

Location Two

Location Three

Dat (date)

26.05.2011

26.05.2011

26.05.2011

place

river Pol ,Village Rogovo

Pond, Village
Golovino

Cherepova lake, Village
Cherepova

approximate coordinates

550,563099 North  400,241647 East

550,5657 North  400,2624 East

550,584618 North 400,233952 East

Air temperature, 0С

16

16

16

Water temperature, 0С

12

20

18

РК

81%

81%

81%

РН

7

9

8

мутность (turbidity)

10jtu

0jtu

0jtu

 

Yuriev-Polskoy

We are a team in the town of Yuriev-Polskoy, which is located in the Vladimir region in Russia.

The data below represents water monitoring results conducted on 23 September 2011. First, we read the instructions on the application kit. Secondly, we reviewed the safety guidelines. Our team then visited and conducted water monitoring on the Koloksha River and took a total of two samples.

The event was attended by three, grade 2 students from School No. 1.  A geography teacher informed the students about the sites and she learned of them through the Internet. Our findings are presented in the table below.

Through this event, students learned to use the equipment and the application of the equipment to study water. We found out that the water in the district was clean and enriched with oxygen.  Overall, it was a very interesting experience. See more of our photos on the WWMD website.

 


Parameter 

Location One 

Date

 23.09.2011

Location

 Koloksha River

Approximate coordinates

 56.5010 North 
39.6730 East

Air temperature, °С

 16

Water temperature, °С

 14

Dissolved Oxygen, ppm

 8

 8

Turbidity, JTU

 0

 

 

South Africa

 

Emanti Management kicked off their World Water Monitoring Programme for 2011 at Masiphumelele Library in the informal settlement of Masipumelele (near Kommetjie) outside Cape Town, South Africa, 29th January 2011. The event was organized with the assistance of ERM, Environmental Resources Management.

The community of Masiphumelele, which means “we will succeed” in Xhosa, built the library in 2003.  Since opening its doors, the library has developed extensive volunteer programmes, strong encouragements of other communities/individuals sharing their strengths and skills with the Masiphumelele community.  One of these programmes is a tutoring programme for young scholars held every Saturday.  Emanti Management was approached to conduct a WWMD programme with the learners on one of their tutoring Saturdays, educating and making them aware of the importance of protecting our water resources.  More than 50 students, between the ages of 15-17, participated in activities on this day. 

Emanti started the programme by giving a brief introduction to water management and the main purpose of World Water Monitoring Day.  Thereafter, students were divided into groups and given a WWMD kit allowing them to perform basic water monitoring tests of two different water sources in the nearby surrounding area. 

Besides students getting a valuable hands-on experience in science, they also learnt the importance of protecting our water resources and that stewardship of the environment is everyone’s responsibility.

 

 

United States

Georgia

Girl Scout Troop 358 monitored Camp Cecil Jackson Pond.  Camp Cecil Jackson is a local Girl Scout Camp in Griffin, Georgia and home to some of their first girl scout experiences.  It is “a petite camp with loads of character, tucked away on 45 acres of wooded land”.  The girls were able to enjoy experiences at the renovated lodge, cabin units, pavilion, playing field, and playground. This was their third annual monitoring effort.  The five girls and two leaders analyzed two sets of samples on National Public Lands Day September 4th, 2011. 

Massachussetts

Sixty fifth grade students at Selser School in Chicopee monitored the water at Chicopee State Park, which borders Westover Air Reserve Base. This activity took place on October 7th, 2011. Students were assisted by fifth grade teachers and Meg Tabacsko from the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority. They were happy to report a pH level of 7, noting that the turbidity level was very clear, even though water was not moving quickly at the time. Flooding had been a major issue for Western Mass in the early fall, but there had been little precipitation in the weeks before the testing activities were completed.

Students who took part in the World Water Monitoring Event had been studying and researching the Chicopee River watershed as part of a two-month water awareness science unit. They were proud to be part of this world-wide effort and realize that our healthy planet begins with their local efforts and involvement as concerned citizens.

 

Uruguay

Le informamos que los kits de reactivos “World Water Monitoring Day “ han sido de gran utilidad en las actividades que los liceos 60, 69 y 42 han venido desarrollando para presentar en el concurso “Mirada Ambiental a Mi Municipio” que el Equipo Técnico de Educación Ambiental está llevando adelante.

Dichos Kits han posibilitado el análisis de PH, el Oxígeno Disuelto, la turbidez y la temperatura del agua de arroyos y cañadas de Montevideo, permitiendo llevar adelante el monitoreo de la calidad del agua, de una manera sencilla y al alcance de los estudiantes de la educación media.

Agradecemos por haber gestionado los mencionados kits, y solicitamos que se nos haga llegar una nueva partida de los mismos para poder seguir contando con tan valioso material e integrar el Programa Internacional de Monitoreo.

 

 

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