Water quality volunteers

Our Waterwatch volunteers have been measuring water quality for more than 20 years to give us a better understanding of our waterways' long-term health. View water monitoring resources and data.

Volunteer Monitoring

Waterwatch volunteers are taught to monitor water quality and assess habitats. Monitoring groups are provided with specialised training and receive ongoing support from their Waterwatch Coordinator to develop and implement their own monitoring program. Information collected by these groups is made available to Melbourne Water, the EPA and local councils to help identify what can be done at a local level to improve our rivers and creeks.

Training is free and sessions are conducted regularly across our region. Register your interest in this program by filling in this short survey. For more information on the next training session please visit our events page

Access waterway data

Explore the health of your local waterway — all data collected by our Waterwatch volunteers is available on the Waterwatch Victoria Data Portal.

To learn what this data can tell us, view their data interpretation manual.

Resources for monitors

Data collection forms

Record your water quality results using the following data forms.

Equipment instructions and maintenance

Instructions on using your water quality monitoring equipment can be found in the Waterwatch handbook.

There are also some excellent videos on using, calibrating and maintaining your equipment created by our colleagues at the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority:

Contact us

A number of dynamic Waterwatch monitoring groups across Melbourne are seeking new members. Contact us to find out about any groups near you, and for more information on any of our activities:

Last updated:
21 December 2018