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What data is expected?

Data, measured at the water source, on the quality of water is essential for both the delivery of services and the prevention of diseases. The Index either looks at the quality of designated drinking water sources, or of environmental water sources (if drinking water data is not available). See our methodology for more information. In order to satisfy the minimum requirements for this category, data should be available on level of the following chemicals by water source.

  • Fecal coliform
  • Arsenic
  • Fluoride levels
  • Nitrates
  • Total Dissolved Solids
  • Data per water source
  • Available for entire country

How open is the data?

All answers

Question Answer Comment
Openly licenced Yes Where data is available, it is largely under cc-by licensing. Given the involvement of the 87 utilities, It is hard to ascertain the copyright and licence status of the data included in the reports from the utilities.
In an open and machine-readable format HTML Most Annually reported data is in PDF form. Where available, live/daily data is HTML
Downloadable at once No
Up-to-date No Data is continuously monitored, but only regularly reported by a select few entities.
Publicly available Yes
Available free of charge Yes
findable 2
findable_steps googling "Australian Drinking Water Guidelines" will take you to the reports page of most water utilities.
licence_url http://www.bom.gov.au/other/copyright.shtml?ref=ftr
Collected by government Yes Data is collected by catchment area by the controlling authority.
usability 1
collector_name Water utilities measure and collect the data for their catchments.
characteristics Fecal coliform, Arsenic, Fluoride levels, Nitrates, Total Dissolved Solids, Data per water source I have been unable to confirm that every water utility publishes this information.
location https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/guidelines-publications/eh52 - Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (2011) - Updated November 2016, http://www.bom.gov.au/water/npr/docs/2014-15/National-p - National performance report 2014–15: urban water utilities, http://www.bom.gov.au/water/npr/ - National Water Performance Report, http://www.bom.gov.au/water/npr/docs/2014-15/National-p - National Water Performance Dataset A sample of annual reports and live pages are at http://www.sydneywater.com.au/SW/water-the-environment/how-we-manage-sydney-s-water/safe-drinking-water/water-analysis/index.htm https://www.yvw.com.au/about-us/reports/water-quality-reports http://www.seqwater.com.au/about/publications/water-quality-reports/customer-confidence-report?zone=2 https://www.melbournewater.com.au/waterdata/drinkingwaterqualitydata/Pages/drinking-water-quality.aspx http://www.newater.com.au/learning-centre/water/water-quality/Water%20Quality%20Results.asp https://www.watercorporation.com.au/about-us/our-performance/drinking-water-quality https://www.sawater.com.au/community-and-environment/water-quality/in-your-area-whats-in-your-water/central-metro
The 87 Water Utilities conduct their own daily assessments of water quality, against the National Guidelines, and take action should levels cross thresholds. They report annually on these levels, and these reports are in turn assessed for compliance with the guidelines. There is no continuous national set of figures, no national network of stations reporting daily, and little coordination between the utilities.

After reviewing the submission and verifying the research, this submission is correct.

Meta data

Data location    https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/guidelines-publications/eh52 - Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (2011) - Updated November 2016
   http://www.bom.gov.au/water/npr/docs/2014-15/National-p - National performance report 2014–15: urban water utilities
   http://www.bom.gov.au/water/npr/ - National Water Performance Report
   http://www.bom.gov.au/water/npr/docs/2014-15/National-p - National Water Performance Dataset
Data licence   http://www.bom.gov.au/other/copyright.shtml?ref=ftr
Data format   HTML
Reviewer   Nisha Thompson
Last modified   Wed Dec 14 2016 09:52:56 GMT+0000 (UTC)