The Environmental Protection Agency,
7 November, 2011
RE: Water Quality data request under Access to Information on the Environment legislation (Directive 2003/4/EC and its Irish implementing Statutory Instrument No 133 of 2007)
We have received from you after an individual request a disc containing water quality monitoring results from 2008 & 2009 in electronic reusable data format with the data on which your 2011 publication ‘The Provision and Quality of Drinking Water in Ireland 2008 - 2009' was based.
Under the above legislation, we are requesting water monitoring data as reported to you by the Local Authorities/ Sanitary Authorities/ Water Service subsequent to the contents of this disc and containing the data for 2010 and 2011 to date. This is information on the state of the elements of the environment and specifically the state of drinking water in Ireland.
We are requesting this data in electronic format as instant access to contemporary data and water quality monitoring returns from Local Authorities/ Sanitary Authorities/ Water Service as they are made to your organisation in a quarterly (preferably contemporaneous) downloadable / reusable data format.
To address our request we suggest that read access be made available to EDEN and AQUARIUS data which you have detailed to us that you hold on these two on-line accessible databases:
"EDEN (Environmental Data EDEN (Environmental Data Exchange Network) is a web based system hosted on the Exchange Network) internet used by Local Authorities to exchange data between themselves and also make statutory returns to the EPA. Monitoring results for river, lake, drinking and bathing water are exchanged by EDEN."
"Aquarius. Aquarius contains monitoring information for river, lake, drinking and bathing waters."
We are requesting that you remove the password protection from the read only access to these database on your website for the public which would satisfy our request and accord with the provisions of the Aarhus Convention.
This request is not for information in the course of completion or in draft form for any future Report but is environmental information in itself.
If you refuse to provide read access to this data for the public we are making this request for this data as it is made to your organisation in real time (quarterly or contemporaneously) in a downloadable / reusable data format.