Water Quality

SunWater monitors the water quality of storages (dams and weirs) as per regulatory requirements and the DNRM Water Monitoring Data Collection Standard. We monitor water quality within the storage and in the downstream receiving environment.  The frequency of monitoring varies according to the Standard’s requirements.

Format of data

The water quality data consists of two main types:

  • Field measurements- measurements taken by SunWater staff using a monitoring device which is used on site
  • Laboratory measurements- measurements made in a laboratory on water samples taken by SunWater at the site
  • The following data is collected and supplied as raw data:
Parameter Units Description Type
Water Temperature Deg. C Water temperature Field
Dissolved Oxygen mg/L Amount of oxygen dissolved in the water Field
pH pH Acidity or alkalinity of the water Field
Electrical Conductivity µs/cm An indicative measure of salts in the water Field
Total Nitrogen mg/L Amount of all nitrogen in water, including ammonia, nitrates, etc. Lab
Total Phosphorous mg/L Amount of all forms of phosphorus in water Lab
Total Sulphides mg/L Amount of sulphides in water including hydrogen sulphide (rotten egg smell) Lab

Tips on using this raw data

The data can be viewed to check on the most recent water quality measurements. If required, this data can be manipulated using your chosen spreadsheet software (e.g. Excel) and can be filtered or used to create graphs. Refer to the help function in your software for more details if required.

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All data is preliminary with final reporting being provided to DNRM.