3 Jan 2015

What's your favorite water date?

I'm putting some "dates of interest" into the Water Smarts Calendar, but it's hard to find good ones.

I'm particularly interested in non-USA dates...

Here's my list as of now:
  • 01-11 Boundary Waters Treaty establishes International Joint Commission between US and Canada (1909)
  • 03-22 World Water Day
  • 03-26 Aguanomics founded (2008)
  • 06-22 US General Survey Act promotes national road and canal networks (1824)
  • 06-22 US Flood Control Act (1936)
  • 07-06 Water Act privatizes English and Welsh utilities (1989)
  • 07-09 US President Nixon announces formation of Environmental Protection Agency and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (1970)
  • 07-15 New Croton aqueduct brings water to New York (1890)
  • 07-15 Bridgewater Canal (first ``true'' canal in England) opens (1761)
  • 07-21 Aswan High Dam completed (1970)
  • 08-15 Panama Canal opens (1915)
  • 09-08 Earliest existing US patent for wooden fire hydrant (1838) --- others destroyed in a fire!
  • 09-23 John Snow's letter on cholera published (1854)
  • 10-26 Erie Canal completed (1825)
  • 10-23 Perrier's debut at the New York Marathon starts the bottled water craze (1977)
  • 11-03 EU drinking water standards adopted (1998)
  • 11-05 Los Angeles Aqueduct opens (1913)
  • 11-17 Suez Canal opens (1869)
  • 12-08 Great Lakes Compact enacted (2008)
  • 12-17 US Safe Drinking Water Act enacted (1974)
  • 12-28 US Endangered Species Act enacted (1973)
If you have any -- the day and month are important -- then please list them here. It's also helpful to have a documented source (URL) to support the date.



  1. Hi David,
    The IEA database project, lists 25 International Environmental Agreements (IEAs) on Ocean Pollution and 102 IEAs on Freshwater Resources, complete with dates and documentation. Plenty to choose from:
    Also, if I may add a Greek water event, I would go for the opening of the Corinth Canal (7/25/1893) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corinth_Canal

  2. Indus Water Treaty, Sept 19 1960

  3. The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance - providing the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. Signed 02-02 1971

  4. November 19 - world toilet day

  5. On 28 July 2010, through Resolution 64/292, the United Nations General Assembly explicitly recognized the human right to water and sanitation and acknowledged that clean drinking water and sanitation are essential to the realisation of all human rights.

  6. here is a good reference, lots of dates, lots of the world covered.

    Colorado River compact (US states) August 19, 1921, https://www.usbr.gov/lc/region/pao/pdfiles/crcompct.pdf

    Colorado, Tijuana, and Rio Grande treaties between US and Mexico- lots of treaties lots of dates. Utilization of Waters of Signing of 1944 Treatythe Colorado and Tijuana Rivers and of the Rio Grande February 3, 1944


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