Water quality

Water testing


Closing the water for people and communities gap: improving water services to First Nations remote communities

The Water Services Association of Australia initiated this review of remote water services to elevate the issues in the national conversation, and to recommend ways to close the gap in the delivery of safe drinking water, including water quality and water security.

WSAA preliminary report: improving water services to remote First Nations communities

In 2021, WSAA commissioned Eric Vanweydeveld to review remote water services in Australia, and to recommend ways to close the gap in the delivery of safe drinking water, including water quality and water security. This report outlines the preliminary findings.

Annual report on drinking-water quality 2020–2021

This report summarises drinking-water compliance for the 485 registered New Zealand networked drinking-water supplies that served populations of more than 100 people in the period from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021.

Annual report on drinking-water quality 2019-2020

This report summarises drinking-water compliance for the 486 registered networked drinking-water supplies that served populations of more than 100 people in the compliance period from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020.

Identification of leading practices in ensuring evidence-based regulation of farm practices that impact water quality outcomes in the Great Barrier Reef

This report recommends the Australian and Queensland governments' commission additional research into the impact of the horticulture and banana industries on water quality in the Great Barrier Reef catchment regions.

Support for regional town water infrastructure

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (NSW) is the lead agency for water resource policy, regulation and planning in the state. This audit examined whether the department has effectively supported the planning for and funding of town water infrastructure in regional NSW.
Briefing paper

Monitoring wastewater to detect COVID-19

This paper responds to a request for advice on the feasibility of monitoring wastewater for early detection and monitoring of COVID-19 in the population.

Quality unknown: the invisible water crisis

This report shows how poor water quality stalls economic progress, stymies human potential, and reduces food production. The report calls for a paradigm shift that emphasizes safer, and often more cost-effective remedies that prevent pollution by combining smarter policies with newer technologies.

Water quality guidelines for public aquatic facilities: managing public health risks

This guideline assists organisations and people who operate public aquatic facilities to reduce risks to public health. It also provides advice to local and state government environmental health officers to help fulfil their regulatory and advisory roles with respect to water quality.

Global Environment Outlook 6 for industry in Asia-Pacific

This report shows the environmental problems in Asia-Pacific, how they are caused, and how they can be addressed by the region’s rapid industrialization.
Discussion paper

A fish kill Q and A: questions, answers and dead fish in the Menindee Lakes

This research by the Australia Institute suggests that the Darling River fish kill was due to the mismanagement of the Menindee Lakes in southwest New South Wales.
Working paper

Modelling the potential impact of New Zealand’s freshwater reforms on land-based Greenhouse Gas emissions

This report is the first national assessment of the indirect impacts of the NPS-FM on New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs).

New Zealand’s environmental reporting series: Our fresh water 2017

This report measures the quality of New Zealand's waterways; water quantity and flows; biodiversity in rivers and lakes; and the cultural health of fresh water. It is the first dedicated report on fresh water in New Zealand’s Environmental Reporting Series and will be a baseline...

Australian drinking water guidelines 6 (2011)

The Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (ADWG) are designed to provide an authoritative reference to the Australian community and the water supply industry on what defines safe, good quality water, how it can be achieved and how it can be assured. The guidelines have been developed...

The state of New Zealand's environment: commentary by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment on Environment Aotearoa 2015

This is a commentary by the Commissioner on Environment Aotearoa 2015 – the state of the environment report published last year by the Ministry for the Environment and Statistics New Zealand. The Commissioner’s commentary begins with a review of that report. It then presents the...
Conference paper

Ecosystem guidelines for the conservation of aquatic ecosystems of the Georges River catchment: a method applicable to the Sydney basin

In this study the authors draw on a three year monitoring program and follow the framework recommended by the ANZECC water quality guidelines to develop a catchment specific approach for the conservation of aquatic ecosystems for the Georges River catchment.

Victoria: state of the environment 2013

The Victoria: State of the Environment (SoE) 2013 is intended to inform the Victorian community about the health of the natural environment and influence government to achieve environmental, social, cultural and economic sustainability. The SoE 2013 contains two main parts and an epilogue. Part A...
Conference paper

An indexing model for assessing stormwater quality in the Gold Coast

This paper discusses issues affecting stormwater quality and introduces a new indexing model that is to be used in evaluation of stormwater quality in urban areas.