Sunwater monitors the water quality of storages (dams and weirs) in line with regulatory requirements and the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Water Monitoring Data Collection Standard. We monitor water quality within the storage, including blue-green algae levels, and in the downstream river. The frequency of monitoring varies according to the Standard’s requirements.
For more information on blue-green algae visit here.
The water quality data consists of two main types:
The following data is collected and supplied as raw data:
|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|
The data can be viewed to check 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.