Point source monitoring
Some activities in Queensland have approval under the Environmental Protection Act 1994 to release water to the environment. These releases, often called point sources, are monitored by the approval holder for various water quality parameters and release volumes. The approval holders can also undertake monitoring of the surrounding environment. Monitoring requirements are stipulated in the approval – for more information on approvals refer to https://www.ehp.qld.gov.au/licences-permits/.
Point source monitoring in Queensland is collected by the Water Tracking and Electronic Reporting System (WaTERS).
Over 100 sewage treatment plants submit data to WaTERS.
Program start date
Program end date
Objectives of the program
Obtain monitoring data from regulated activities under the Environmental Protection Act 1994 that involve release of water or monitoring of water in the receiving environment. Monitoring is collected by approval holders as required by environmental approvals and submitted electronically to the Water Tracking and Electronic Reporting System (WaTERS). WaTERS is being progressively implemented to different industry sectors in Queensland.
Who is involved?
Contact details of lead organisation: psd.help♲qld.gov.au
List of parameters monitored
Parameters will vary across activity type, size and locations. Monitoring of sewage treatment releases typically includes release volume (daily) and a range of water quality parameters such as biochemical oxygen demand (BOD), suspended solids, dissolved oxygen, pH, total nitrogen, total phosphorous and faecal coliforms.
Scale of program
Brief description of sampling locations
Sampling and monitoring locations can relate to either a release to water or a release to land and typically have a code of RP, which stands for release point.
Release to water involves a direct discharge to a waterway including creeks, rivers, estuaries, bays or ocean. The spatial locations presented typically relate to the point at which the pipe enters the environment, and is not necessarily the monitoring location.
Release to land is generally via irrigation and sometimes referred to as land disposal. The spatial locations presented for release to land typically relate to the centre of the irrigation area, and is not necessarily the monitoring location.
Frequency of monitoring
Frequency may be daily, weekly, fortnightly or monthly. Release volumes and in-situs (pH, DO) are typically done daily while sample parameters such as nutrients are typically weekly.
Where is the program reported?
Please note that the information presented does not include all facilities in Queensland.
The spatial location for both facilities and monitoring points may be inaccurate and should not be relied upon as the sole source of information.
The list of parameters is taken from the relevant environmental approval. Not all of the listed water quality parameters may be monitored under all circumstances. Conversely, additional parameters to those listed may also be monitored for some locations.
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Last updated: 4 January 2016
This page should be cited as:
Point source monitoring, WetlandInfo 2015, Department of Environment and Science, Queensland, viewed 17 May 2018, .