Water quality monitoring

Our rivers, creeks and wetlands are a crucial part of a healthy environment and liveable city. For more than 20 years, Waterwatch volunteers have been measuring water quality to get a better understanding of the long term health of Melbourne’s waterways.

Want to learn more about the biological health of our waterways? We have a number of dynamic Waterwatch monitoring groups across Melbourne that are seeking new members.

Contact us to find out about any groups near you, and for more information on any of our activities:

Access our data

All data collected by our Waterwatch volunteers is openly available. Visit the Waterwatch Victoria Data Portal to start exploring the health of your local waterway.

To learn more about what this data can tell us, check out Waterwatch Victoria’s data interpretation manual.

Monitor resources

These data forms can be used to record your water quality results from the field. For instructions on using your water quality monitoring equipment, refer to the Waterwatch handbook.

Sample collection and testing videos

Our colleagues at West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority have created some excellent videos to help with using, calibrating and maintaining your water quality equipment:

Did you know?

Water quality can vary for natural reasons like season and rainfall.


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