Water Quality Assessment Authority

Government of India

Uniform Protocol on Water Quality Monitoring

In order to draw the water related action plans on the basis of reliable data, there was a need to maintain uniformity in the procedure for water quality monitoring mechanism by all monitoring agencies, departments, Pollution Control Boards and such other agencies. Accordingly, the Central Government notified the “Uniform Protocol on Water Quality Monitoring Order 2005” in June 2005 in exercise of the powers conferred by section 3 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986.
The order is applicable to all organizations, agencies and any other body monitoring surface and ground water quality in the country.
The order incorporate guidelines related to selection of monitoring station, frequency of sampling, parameters to be analysed, procedure for sample collection, its preservation and transportation, maintenance of sample records and other aspect related water quality monitoring.
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