College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences

Most diseases in the world are waterborne

Safe and readily available water is a primary human need as well as a daily necessity. While water is life-giving, it can also be life-taking and lethal, and poor water sanitation and a lack of safe drinking water take a greater human toll globally than war, terrorism and weapons of mass destruction combined.

World Water Monitoring Day - 18 September - was created by America’s Clean Water Foundation in 2003 to challenge people all over the world to raise awareness of water pollution issues and get people to test their local bodies of water.

The Water Challenge comprises three easy steps:

Test water quality in communities.

Share findings, data, stories and photos of quality testing.

Protect local water sources.

Get your colleagues, community, family and friends involved in monitoring a selection of your local streams and rivers at miniSASS. In this way a map of river health across Southern Africa will develop. Communities can use the information and knowledge to illustrate the plight of their rivers, connect with other miniSASS samplers and investigate pollution sources.

Poster compiled by Bokkie Brand (Senior lecturer: Department of Environmental Science, CAES).

* Compiled by Sharon Farrell, Editor, Department of Institutional Advancement

Publish date: 2020-09-20 00:00:00.0