World Water Monitoring Day(story from Pakistan) On world water day, 22nd March, 2012, 335 students of Government Primary school Major Banda along with 6 teachers, 5 community activists and Mr. Rangeen Khan from BERD organization visited a stream at a distance of 500 meter to west from the school where students were divided into two groups and used the WWMD test kits for sample taking and measurement of the water temperature, turbidity, dissolved oxygen (DO) and pH.
Students’ came back to school and tested water. The results shared with each others and groups discussed issues related to the presence of different animals, fishes, insects and other objects in the stream. The result found as air temperature = 36 c water temperature = 22 c , DO = 4ppm, turbidity= 0 JTU , ph = 8. According to the importance of the day a message was communicated by Mr. Rangeen Khan to students, teachers and community activists.
We would like to take this opportunity to promote sustainable use of the world’s freshwater resources and reiterate the crucial importance of providing safe drinking water and sanitation to all and increase our capacity to use water wisely in Agriculture. One of the greatest challenges is water scarcity which is increasing in many parts of the world and these challenges are increasing competition between communities and countries for scarce water resources which are hampering the achievements of the fundamental human rights to food, water and sanitation. Approximately one billion people are hungry in the world and 800 million are still lacking a safe supply of freshwater, there is much we must do to strengthen the foundations of local, national, and global stability.
On World Water Day, we would like to call on all concerned to work together for the protection of water and ensure sustainable food and water security for all. Investments in water infrastructure, rural development and water resource management is essential. During the event students showed active participation in water-related research activity which are crucial to the protection of the environment.