Data, measured at the water source, on the quality of water is essential for both the delivery of services and the prevention of diseases. In order to satisfy the minimum requirements for this category, data should be available on level of the following chemicals by water source and be updated at least weekly:

  • fecal coliform
  • arsenic
  • fluoride levels
  • nitrates
  • TDS (Total dissolved solids)

Data Location

Comments

It appears that there is no national aggregation of this data, except at a high level (http://www.nwc.gov.au/nwi/biennial-assessments), but individual water authorities around the country, of which there are many, publish water quality data in their annual reports. There are national guidelines and requirements that all water authorities publish data on drinking water quality, however all this data with very few exceptions was only available in PDF reports, and nowhere centrally discoverable. Some examples below:

Overall report with some indicators at http://www.nwc.gov.au/publications/topic/nprs/npr-2013-urban

Sydney - http://www.sydneywater.com.au/SW/water-the-environment/how-we-manage-sydney-s-water/waterquality/our-monitoring-program/index.htm

NSW - http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/water/Pages/Drinking-Water-Quality-and-Incidents.aspx

NT - http://www.health.nt.gov.au/Environmental_Health/Water_Quality/

SA - could only find http://www.pay.sawater.sa.gov.au/NR/rdonlyres/A9EDDE34-3A8E-40EA-9914-64441C7721AE/0/DrinkingWaterQualityReport201314.pdf

Reviewer comments

Publish

Data Availability

  • N Openly licensed
  • Y Is the data available for free
  • ? Is the data machine readable
  • ? Available in bulk
  • Y Is the data provided on a timely and up to date basis
  • ? Is data in digital form
  • Y Publicly available
  • Y Does the data exist
  • ? Is the data available online
Key:
  • Yes
  • No
  • Unsure
  • No data

Details

Date the data became available   Unknown
Format of data   Unknown
Reviewer   Nisha Thompson
Submitters   Pia Waugh
Last modified   Wed Sep 16 2015 23:28:51 GMT+0000 (UTC)