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KISTERS software supports authorities in monitoring and reporting

Posted: Tuesday 14th July 2015

By the end of the 2015 bathing season, the quality of all bathing waters must be 'sufficient'. This was determined by the EU Bathing Water Directive (Directive 2006/7/EC). Following this directive, the water quality in all European member states must be monitored and reported to the EU during the entire bathing season. With KiWQM, KISTERS offers the responsible authorities relief with an effective software solution for management, evaluation and reporting of sample data to the European Environment Agency (EEA).

The resulting data sets are quite significant, with at least 16 samples per bathing season, taken at spots with the highest degree of soiling or the highest bathing frequency. Microbiological contamination with intestinal enterococci and E.coli is checked, which can lead to health problems for bathers. KiWQM collects, manages, evaluates and documents the results. Later, the data is made available for public information, e.g. published online, as required in the directive.

Automation of processes with KISTERS software

A water management system built on WISKI and KiWQM, corresponds to the explicit recommendation of the directive to use technical means to ensure continuous and reliable monitoring. KiWQM documents each individual sampling and assigns the water quality laboratory results to the available samplings. Later, these data are available for further processing: data validation, data analysis as well as the coupling of water quality data with flow velocities in flowing bathing water streams. Additionally, KISTERS offers an additional report generator for the WISKI water quality module KiWQM, which produces water reports according to the specifications of the European Environment Agency (EEA) for reporting to the Water Information System for Europe (WISE). These reports are part of the official reporting mechanism, which is compulsory for EU member states. The fully automated reporting process in KiWQM evaluates all relevant and applicable water quality data for the reporting period and determines the status of each measuring point managed in the system in accordance with the requirements of the directive and the EEA classification scheme. The report is set up in excel format, ready for forwarding to the EEA.

Minimum standards and public information

The quality of bathing waters must be at least 'sufficient' for the first time at the end of the 2015 bathing season. For the responsible authorities, a busy time begins now with the start of the bathing season. KISTERS’ software provides the means to fulfill all obligations and to efficiently achieve the statutory objectives. Extensions such as web portal solutions or web widgets for integration into existing internet portals complete the scope of the software requirements and help to inform bathers in an easy-to-understand way.

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