WQeMS provides an operational Water Quality Emergency Monitoring Service to the water utilities industry in relation with the quality of the "water we drink".
Internationally acknowledged and proven techniques from the market and EU projects are interweaved in a functional schema of data, methods, and information technology; guaranteeing replicability potential of the innovation. Exploiting Sentinel data (and in cases Very High Resolution data), it provides quality monitoring of open surface water reservoirs valorised for the delivery of drinking water at a fine spatial resolution. It focuses on slow and fast developing phenomena by offering Continuous Monitoring for a specified area; Alert Notifications in case some water quality parameter thresholds values are exceeded and in case water related issues are detected through social media; and On-demand Mapping with one-off geospatial maps of a selected area at a requested date. Service components comprise of Harmful Algal Bloom detection, Water Quality Features Changes monitoring, Extreme events detection and Land Water transition zone mapping; accompanied by horizontally offered auxiliary tools, such as crowdsourcing dashboard and capacity building.
Moreover, it includes a set of features allowing water experts and developers to integrate its functionalities into existing DSSs, as well as to improve current methods and test alternative solutions. Functionalities include APIs for service execution requests, alerts configuration and retrieval, generation of reports, and data product and statistics. Feedback, crowdsourcing, alerting, and reporting are automated. Open Geospatial Consortium Web Services endpoints are employed. Further demonstration areas have been already served with success. WQeMS is smoothly adaptable to new areas with limited effort.