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.
The submitter assessed the usability of the data as follows (3 - little to no effort needed, 1 - extensive effort needed): 1
|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.|
|Downloadable at once||No|
|Up-to-date||No||Data is continuously monitored, but only regularly reported by a select few entities.|
|Available free of charge||Yes|
|In an open and machine-readable format||HTML||Most Annually reported data is in PDF form. Where available, live/daily data is HTML|
|findable_steps||googling "Australian Drinking Water Guidelines" will take you to the reports page of most water utilities.|
|Collected by government||Yes||Data is collected by catchment area by the controlling authority.|
|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.
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