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    The Thames WaterBlitz is a free and exciting activity open to anyone within the Thames Valley (you can check if you live in the Thames catchment by entering your postcode in our online map). The WaterBlitz is a four-day event run by Earthwatch where volunteers use kits to collect as many water quality samples as possible. The aim is to get an overview of the water quality in rivers, lakes, ponds and streams throughout the Thames Valley.

    This spring’s WaterBlitz between the 26th and 29th of April will be the eighth such event and is timed to coincide with regular water quality monitoring undertaken by CEH (Centre for Ecology & Hydrology). Sampling at the same time as CEH helps to provide information from areas and water body types that would otherwise not be monitored. WaterBlitzes are also a fun learning experience for any volunteer that is interested in their local environment, and would like to learn more about water quality. This year’s WaterBlitz is funded by Thames Water as part of its ongoing commitment to local water quality through the Community Investment Fund.

    You can register for your free kit by following this link: https://ewgis.org/waterblitz-registration/, where you will also be able to find further information and results from previous Thames WaterBlitz events. As well as asking you to take part, I wondered if you might be able to promote this event by forwarding the registration link or sharing our event flyer. You can also share the event on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #WaterBlitz.

    Please feel free to email us at water@earthwatch.org.uk if you have any further questions.

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