Focus on the importance of water
World Water Day, on 22 March every year, is about focusing attention on the importance of water. The theme for World Water Day 2018 is ‘Nature for Water’ – exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century.
Damaged ecosystems affect the quantity and quality of water available for human consumption. Today, 2.1 billion people live without safe drinking water at home; affecting their health, education and livelihoods.
Sustainable Development Goal 6 commits the world to ensuring that everyone has access to safe water by 2030, and includes targets on protecting the natural environment and reducing pollution.
Monitoring and improving water quality is of particular concern for:
- Public health safety and reducing the risk of gastrointestinal illness especially for outbreaks of E.coli and intestinal Enterococci,
- The impacts of pollution from urban run-off, wastewater discharges, and from agricultural sources – especially after heavy rain, and
- Providing good quality bathing water for recreational use and for tourism.
WaterMon aims to develop and demonstrate a real-time monitoring technology for the detection and monitoring of pathogens, E-Coli and Enterococci, and nutrients, Nitrogen and Phosphorus, in drinking and bathing water.