SHUKALB has completed successfully the implementation of the World Water Monitoring Challenge (WWMCH) Program for this year. The program started on April 2019 and ran till the end of the school year, the time when the participating students reported also the data they had collected on the WWMCH online database (www.worldwatermonitoringchallenge.com). SHUKALB was able to implement the program for this year in the frame of the project: “EU Support to Waste Water Management and Treatment Services” co funded by the European Union and German Government and implemented by GIZ.
On 5th of June 2019, representatives from SHUKALB and GIZ, attended activities organized by the 8th grade students of “Gjergj Kastrioti” and “Gjergj Fishta” elementary schools in Lezha, on the occasion of the World Environmental Day. Under the supervision of their chemistry teacher, 50 students performed different testing on the water quality of Shengjini beach, by measuring the pH, temperature, turbidity and DO.
The students were equipped with T-shirts stamped with the logo of World Water Monitoring Challenge Program and test kits that were used for monitoring.
This activity was also supported and attended by the Director of Lezha Water Supply and Sewerage Company (Lezha WSSC), Mr. Zef Maci, who thanked the students and teachers of “Gjergj Kastrioti” and “Gjergj Fishta” elementary schools for their commitment to this program, and offered his support in such valuable initiatives undertaken by SHUKALB.
The next day, on 6th of June 2019, representatives from SHUKALB and GIZ, made a visit in the city of Kavaja, where they attended the activity organized by the elementary school “Fiqiri Kurti”, as part of celebrations of World Environment Day. The activity included performance of several songs, dances, and acting sessions related to protection and conservation of the environment. After the activity, the 8th grade students under the supervision and guidance of their chemistry teacher performed different testings regarding the water quality of “Golemi” beach.
The same tests were performed as well by all the other elementary schools who participated in this program, in the cities of Shkodra, Lezha, Durres, Kavaje, Peqin, Cerrik, Vlore, Himara and Saranda.
The data collected from these tests (pH, temperature, turbidity, DO) have been uploaded by the students on the program website www.worldwatermonitoringchallenge.com.
The program of this year reached 20 elementary schools across Albania, involving over 1,200 students. The students were provided with some simple monitoring toolkits that they used to sample the four key water quality indicators: dissolved oxygen, pH, temperature and turbidity, of their local lakes, rivers, streams, ponds, reservoirs and other water bodies in the area where they live. Samples were taken in a range of settings – agricultural, commercial, residential, and industrial – on 9 cities in Albania.
This is the 4th year that SHUKALB organizes this program following a MoU with the Ministry of Education, and with the on-site support of its member water and wastewater utilities. The World Water Monitoring Challenge (WWMCH) Program has become one of the most dear programs for students and their teachers, and SHUKALB will continue to look for sources of support to this program in the future.