Fresh Water - Earthwatch

Fresh Water

Home » Fresh Water

Fighting for healthy freshwater habitats

Every drop of fresh water is precious.

But pollution, climate change and over-exploitation have brought our fresh water systems to crisis point. We want to transform our rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, wetlands and reservoirs into clean, thriving habitats for people and wildlife. Through the FreshWater Watch programmes, we use the power of citizen science to give communities across the globe the tools to monitor water quality, identify problems and fight for improvements.

By 2030, we want to see 100,000 people safeguard 10,000 water bodies across Europe and Africa.

Fresh water is scarce and freshwater ecosystems are endangered on a global scale.

Only 2.5% of all water in the world is fresh water, and less than 1% of this is accessible. By 2050, nearly 50% of the world’s population will be living in areas where water is scarce.

10% of the world’s animal species live exclusively in freshwater habitats, many of which are currently threatened with extinction.

Only 14% of the UK’s rivers are considered to be in good ecological health, and every single one of them fails to meet the required chemical standards.

How we make a difference

More than a decade of freshwater monitoring expertise

Since 2012, we have been connecting communities with their local freshwater bodies through training them in water quality monitoring. Using a simple water testing kit and accessing our online database, our citizen scientists can assess and document levels of nutrient pollution (phosphates and nitrates) over time.



FreshWater Watch community groups across the globe


people taking action for fresh water


waterbodies monitored


freshwater quality datasets collected

By 2030, we want to see 100,000 people safeguard 10,000 waterbodies across Europe and Africa. We need your help to reach this milestone!

Join the fight for fresh water

Community groups

Experience the power of freshwater citizen science! We offer training in the use of our global data platform and water testing kits. Join an existing community group or set up your own.

WaterBlitz events

We organise local, national and international WaterBlitz events, encouraging members of the public to take water samples over one weekend. Keep an eye out for upcoming events.

Support FreshWater Watch

Help stand against water pollution by supporting Earthwatch Europe with a one-off or monthly donation


Partner with us and help us equip more communities with the tools and knowledge to take action for their local freshwater resources. We are seeking visionary sponsors to help us drive the freshwater revolution forward. Talk to us about sponsorship opportunities today.


FreshWater Watch News

Get in touch

Want to join the fight for healthy freshwater habitats? Get in touch with our FreshWater Watch team today.


FreshWater Watch is only made possible through public support. Every donation helps us fight for healthy freshwater habitats.

Our Global FreshWater Watch Community

Through our FreshWater Watch programmes, we are proud to have created collaborations with organisations and communities across the globe.

From Argentina to Zambia, all our participating citizen scientists are using the same standardised water testing method, and contribute to our global FreshWater Watch database. The data map, which has been built up over many years, creates a lasting legacy and open access, meaning anyone can use it to track and mobilise change. This consistency means that we can make accurate global water quality comparisons that have never been possible before! 

By monitoring their local water bodies, our citizen scientists around the world join a unified global effort to improve the health of fresh water for everyone, as reflected by the UN Sustainability Goal No. 6.

FreshWater Watch UK - River Wey Community Group

FreshWater Watch UK

Turbidity test - Upper Kafue by Clement Chiimbwe & Enock Mwangilwa

FreshWater Watch Africa

Website by AgencyForGood

Copyright 2024. All Rights Reserved

Skip to content