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AQUA DATA – Shoalhaven water quality information on the web

Shoalhaven City Council recognises the need for extensive water quality monitoring of its waterways, drinking water, waste water treatment and waste recycling facilities to fully assess and manage its services and protect the environment.

Council has been developing a new online web site it calls Aqua Data which has been designed to improve the communication of monitoring results to the community as well as assist consideration of water quality data within the catchment planning and catchment management decision making process.

Aqua Data will display water quality test results within just a couple of days of the completed laboratory analysis. Users will be able to navigate to any site using an interactive map, view result tables and graphs on-screen and even download or print reports showing results from the present to several years ago.

Council would appreciate your feedback on the usefulness of Aqua Data, please click on this link and tell us what you think, please start your comment with the words "Aqua data" so it's easy for staff to forward your feedback to the right person. Thank you

Visit the Aqua Data website


Please Note: Caution should be used when comparing individual results against guideline levels as the guideline compares multiple sampling over a period of time.

Automatically capturing, mapping and sharing latest water quality data on the web.

This year Shoalhaven City Council (SCC) received the Local Government Award for Excellence in Overall Environmental Management at the prestigious United Nations of Australia World Environment Day Awards. In part this was in recognition of the considerable amount of time and money SCC invests on monitoring and reporting Water Quality across its Drinking Water, Effluent Treatment, Waste Management and Environmental Services departments. The most laborious aspect of this work is the time each department currently spends on manually collating results, entering into databases, exporting to spreadsheets, statistically analysing, summarising and publishing on the web.

Yet despite the millions of dollars NSW organisations spend on all this monitoring and reporting of water quality, the vast majority is still rarely available within a time frame or at an appropriate level of detail necessary to assist management decisions outside the immediate needs of the custodian who collected it. And even then it usually requires the assistance of a database expert to access it. As a consequence the data is effectively inaccessible to other internal and external stakeholders, and thus the returns on investment from all this environmental monitoring are not being realised.

SCC has therefore established a public, user friendly, GIS searchable, water quality information portal called Aqua Data. Aqua Data automatically captures and shares water quality information from multiple custodians with internal and external customers, quickly and effectively, so they have the very latest water quality information presented in various useful ways.

SCC are now keen to work with other water quality custodians to expand both the number and geographical extent of the Aqua Data approach, so that the benefits of having a cost effective, one-stop, easily maintained and accessible water quality information service is shared and utilised by a growing audience.

Visit the Aqua Data website