Water Quality Data Management Solution
Why monitor water quality?
Where there is the potential for an organisation to pollute water, whether ground, surface or drinking water, there are usually strict obligations requiring regular monitoring and reporting.
Examples of water quality data include:
- Chemical condition of water
- Groundwater and leachate dips
- Erosion potential
- Plant and animal life
Permits require the planning, collection, validation and reporting of water quality data. Usually differentials are built into the programme both in terms of time and location. This helps determine if the operations have had an effect over time. Monitoring upstream/downstream of the site helps determine the source of any pollution.
Some water data collection can be automated, for example flow and depth meters. This data can be automatically delivered, however the majority of water quality data is by the collection of samples. Technicians need to know where they need to go and what types of measurements and samples they need to collect and send to laboratories (sometimes with anonymised locations). Data Managers need to ensure that the laboratory returns the correct sample data on time, and reconcile with the true location.
Validation is required to ensure compliance limits are not being breached, that the data is correct for the location by considering other readings previously measured at the same location.
Calculations are often needed, and then the whole data set for a site collated, formatted and reported at pre-set periods.
Why it’s not easy
Without a management system, the difficulties of planning a data collection programme to meet permit requirements, ensuring the monitoring is done and data received, then validating every reading, before copying and pasting into consistent layouts so it can be merged with other data sets in order to be reported at the right time all are very challenging for all but the smallest permitted sites.
MonitorPro has a comprehensive sample planning system to notify what data needs collecting, where. Technicians can download the visit to their device, which will guide them to the location in the field and validate data as they enter it. Samples are tracked and alerts sent if the data does not arrive when it should. Simple traffic light indicators show progress.
Interpretation and reporting can only be as good as the data it is based on. Rubbish in, rubbish out is a major problem with manual systems. MonitorPro is designed to avoid this. All data is checked against the plan validated and protected by layers of security, minimising the risk of reporting incorrect data.
MonitorPro can manage just about all Environmental Compliance data in a single, central, consistent database.
Convenience and Automation
The whole process of checking the plan, automatically importing from multiple sources, validation and reporting can be fully automated, same time and increasing data quality.
Interpretation and reporting
A large array of interpretation tools help to rapidly combine and analyse data sets. Every organisation needs different reports. A range of default reports are provided which can be edited as needed. We also provide a professional report editing service. Reports can be run at the click of a mouse or scheduled to automatically email.