Water Quality 85% open

United States

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 From USGS site: USGS-authored or produced data and information are considered to be in the U.S. public domain. While the content of most USGS Web pages is in the U.S. public domain, not all information, illustrations, or photographs on our site are. Some non USGS photographs, images, and/or graphics that appear on USGS Web sites are used by the USGS with permission from the copyright holder. These materials are generally marked as being copyrighted. To use these copyrighted materials, you must obtain permission from the copyright holder under the copyright law. From data.gov site: No license information was provided. If this work was prepared by an officer or employee of the United States government as part of that person's official duties it is considered a U.S. Government Work.
In an open and machine-readable format CSV, HTML, KML, TSV, XLS
Downloadable at once Yes https://www.waterqualitydata.us/portal/
Up-to-date No Downloaded all data added from 1 Jan 2017 to 23 Jan 2017. Only 600 results (out of over 2 million water sites)
Publicly available Yes
Available free of charge Yes
findable 4
findable_steps Went to data.gov, entered in water quality, over 25,000 datasets came up. I scrolled down until I found a resource that was national and sounded comprehensive on data quality.
licence_url https://www2.usgs.gov/laws/info_policies.html
Collected by government Yes
usability 2 Not a water quality expert so hard to say...table i downloaded is clear and labeled appropriately. More documentation could be provided on the portals on how to assess water quality data and what indicators to look out for
collector_name US Geological Survey
characteristics Fecal coliform, Arsenic, Fluoride levels, Nitrates, Total Dissolved Solids, Available for entire country List of all parameters of USGS data: https://help.waterdata.usgs.gov/parameter_cd?group_cd=% confirms the following characteristics are theoretically present. But county level information provides varying degrees of information. Not all states and counties are represented. The link to a map of all the sites where water data is collected gives a 404 error https://help.waterdata.usgs.gov/output-formats#nwis_mapper. National results coverage of all water quality data confirms data from all 50 states (Puerto Rico and Guam not confirmed) https://www.waterqualitydata.us/coverage/
location https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ - This site is the public web interface to the USGS National Water Information System, a system that is based on several development efforts that were established in our water science centers. This system became an operational production system in 2001., https://www.waterqualitydata.us/ - The Water Quality Portal (WQP) is a cooperative service sponsored by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the National Water Quality Monitoring Council (NWQMC). It serves data collected by over 400 state, federal, tribal, and local agencies.
https://www.waterqualitydata.us/ site is much more user friendly than https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ - not sure when this new portal was created? valuable addition and good to see data sharing across USGS, US EPA and USDA on water quality

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Data location   https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ - This site is the public web interface to the USGS National Water Information System, a system that is based on several development efforts that were established in our water science centers. This system became an operational production system in 2001.
   https://www.waterqualitydata.us/ - The Water Quality Portal (WQP) is a cooperative service sponsored by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the National Water Quality Monitoring Council (NWQMC). It serves data collected by over 400 state, federal, tribal, and local agencies.
Data licence   https://www2.usgs.gov/laws/info_policies.html
Data format   CSV, HTML, KML, TSV, XLS
Reviewer   Nisha Thompson
Submitters   Sierra Williams
Last modified   Mon Jan 23 2017 18:52:46 GMT+0000 (UTC)