Washington, DC (September 09, 2020) In celebration of World Water Monitoring Day on September 18, environmental youth leadership organization EarthEcho International in partnership with Xylem Watermark and the Water Environment Federation are hosting a week of youth-focused virtual events and providing new resources on monitorwater.org to help communities around world work together to ensure clean sources of water for all. The #LetsSolveWater activities include a screening of the critically acclaimed documentary Brave Blue World, virtual presentations and demonstrations perfect for remote learning alongside the citizen science tools and actions plans that are the hallmarks of the EarthEcho Water Challenge.

“The growing need for clean, sustainable water resources is a challenge we can solve if we act now,” said EarthEcho International founder Philippe Cousteau, Jr. “Water is fundamental to every aspect of daily life; adding youth voice to Xylem’s #LetsSolveWater campaign equips youth anywhere to share the positive impact that we know they are making in their local communities setting the example for what’s possible when we work together.”

“Xylem Watermark is proud to continue Solving Water in communities through our support of the EarthEcho Water Challenge," says Joe Vesey, Chair of Xylem Watermark and Xylem Chief Marketing Officer. "Our partnership reflects the commitment of Xylem and its employees and stakeholders to educating the next generation of water leaders. It is core to our purpose to provide education and access to safe water to ensure healthy lives, gender equality and resilient communities."  

The #LetsSolveWater  campaign is a cornerstone of Xylem’s global work that is being featured through the EarthEcho Water Challenge, a program that helps build  public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world. To date, this program has activated over 1.6 million citizen scientists to monitor and protect local waterways in 146 countries.

Participants can engage in #LetsSolveWater by:

• Screening Brave Blue World offered through a collaborative partnership with the Water Environment Federation, only available September 14th-18th;

• Joining the activities virtually through water testing demonstrations, career panels exploring the water industry and a live panel discussion with global influencers like Philippe Cousteau; Joe Vesey of Xylem, Inc; Ifetayo Venner, P.E. of Arcadis and member of the Board of Trustees for the Water Environment Federation, who are leading the charge to solve what may be the greatest challenge of our time; and Gitanjali Rao, the young inventor of the Tethys lead detection device.

• Giving their own local water body a health check and adding their results to the EarthEcho Water Challenge global water quality database.

In addition to #LetsSolveWater activities, EarthEcho’s  network of 48  Water Challenge Ambassadors are hosting a series of educational events and programs for World Water Monitoring Day, using technology to help them engage new audiences in their home communities and beyond. Event plans range from demonstrating a virtual water monitoring experience for elementary school students to producing interactive videos challenging participants to take action to protect their local waterways.  

Please visit (https://www.monitorwater.org/wwmd/world-water-monitoring-day) for a full schedule of this year’s events and to access #LetsSolveWater.

The EarthEcho Water Challenge is made possible through the generous support of Xylem Watermark, the corporate social responsibility program of Xylem, the world’s leading water technology company dedicated to solving the world’s most challenging water issues. A diverse group of global partner organizations collaborates with the EarthEcho Water Challenge on outreach, resources and events. Learn more about these organizations at www.monitorwater.org/partners.  

For more information, visit www.monitorwater.org and follow us on social media:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/earthecho

Instagram: @EarthEcho

Twitter: @EarthEcho

Join the conversation using hashtag #MonitorWater  

For information about EarthEcho International, please visit www.earthecho.org.

For information about Xylem, please visit www.xylem.com.

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