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Open Source Water Quality Management System with Zope

by xavier last modified 2009-06-29 22:50

The Water Quality Management System (WQMS) for South African authorities on the open source application server Zope. The WQMS is in use by 160 South African local governments and can be used by Water Service Authorities (local government), provincial and national government to guide the tracking, reviewing and improving of water quality. The project, which bears the potential of being shared with neighboring nations, is a new example of open source software being an enabler for innovation and social progress.

The Water Quality Management System (WQMS) recently won the International Water Association Project Innovation Awards in the category "Operations/Management". This project has been developed by Upfrontsystems and Emanti.

WQMS can be used by Water Service Authorities (local government), provincial/national government, etc to guide the tracking, reviewing and improving of water quality. In particular, the system can be used for:

  • Monthly review of legislative compliance
  • Identification of areas requiring urgent attention thus allowing effective and efficient allocation of resources
  • Quarterly summary review (trend analysis, effectiveness of remedial actions, etc)
  • Reporting to stakeholders

Water quality and other water service information is captured by authorized personnel and stored onto the central database. Water quality and other information can then be easily retrieved from the database via the internet to generate reports, tables and graphs for management review and decision making processes.
WQMS is currently being rolled-out across South Africa by the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (DWAF) and is supported by the Institute of Municipal Engineering of Southern Africa (IMESA) and the Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA).

The following information can be accessed without a login:

  • Drinking Water General Information: Abstraction, Treatment, Storage, Reticulation and Point of Use, Water Quality Monitoring and Management Programmes, Laboratories, water related sites and news, etc.
  • Reference Material: National Water Act, Water Services Act, Compulsory National Standards, National DWQM Framework, articles of interest, etc

 

More information:

Source

http://www.zeapartners.org/articles/water-quality-management001