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Guide to Sanitary Surveys and Operational Monitoring in Catchments

Project Number # 1109

Good Practice Guide to Sanitary Surveys and Operational Monitoring to Support the Assessment and Management of Drinking Water Catchments

Project Leader:  Daniel Deere

Catchment assessments are being used to define drinking water treatment requirement categories under the Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) and soon-to-be revised Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (ADWG) ‘health-based targets’ (HBT) guidelines. During ongoing routine operations, periodic catchment assessments are required as part of routine ‘operational monitoring’ under the ADWG Framework.

This project will draw together and present current best practice, note recent innovations, highlight current research and development activities and predict future research priorities. The guidance produced will provide worked examples and recommendations of good practice catchment assessment and sanitary survey methods that make appropriate use of modern technologies and that meet contemporary needs. The final guidance produced will help guide the water sector in its conduct of catchment assessments and observational monitoring under the ADWG Framework and for establishing treatment requirements under HBT approaches.