The Environmental Protection Agency Ireland (EPA)

Creates a new way to disseminate bathing water-quality information

Published on 24-Sep-2010

Validated on 16 Dec 2013

"[An] excellent example of the collaboration between IBM, the EPA and An Taisce working closely together to provide easily accessible and useful information to the public—and is a good example of how smart green technologies can be deployed." - Dr. Mary Kelly, Director, Irish EPA

Customer:
The Environmental Protection Agency Ireland (EPA)

Industry:
Government

Deployment country:
Ireland

Solution:
Application Design-Build-Manage, C-Suite Framework, Development & Technology Adoption, Smarter Planet, Green/Sustainability, Information On Demand, Optimizing IT

Smarter Planet:
Smarter Government, Smarter Water

IBM Business Partner:
Environmental Protection Agency , An Taisce, Irish Water Safety Board

Overview

The Environmental Protection Agency Ireland (EPA) is responsible for regulating and policing activities that might otherwise cause pollution and protecting Ireland’s environment overall. The EPA ensures there is solid information on environmental trends so that necessary actions are taken and ensures that development is sustainable. The EPA has responsibilities for a wide range of licensing, enforcement, monitoring and assessment activities associated with environmental protection.

Business need:
All 27 EU Member States are required to sample the water at each designated bathing site at least every two weeks and then report compliance rates for five different parameters for each sample. New legislation was going to increase the number of sites and samples being handled and reported. IBM, EPA and An Taisce have developed a first-of-a-kind for Europe, significant tool for the dissemination of information and alerts/warnings to the public that will be required under the EU law from 2011.

Solution:
The Irish EPA worked with IBM to build Splash, a new website that is based on IBM WebSphere Application Server Community Edition software and that provides an interactive, map-based, one-stop shop for all information relating to recreational swimming. The site lists compliance status with bathing water quality standards at designated bathing facilities around the country. And the site has a section on annual quality that provides overall compliance information.

Benefits:
· Enables the government to consolidate data from previously disparate sources · Displays the most timely monitoring results and information for bathing water quality, as supplied by each of the local authorities · Provides the public with water-quality data, as well as descriptions of beaches, pictures, lifeguard availability and current weather and tidal information

Case Study

The Environmental Protection Agency Ireland (EPA) is responsible for regulating and policing activities that might otherwise cause pollution and protecting Ireland’s environment overall. The Environmental Protection Agency ensures there is solid information on environmental trends so that necessary actions are taken and ensures that development is sustainable. The EPA has responsibilities for a wide range of licensing, enforcement, monitoring and assessment activities associated with environmental protection. The organization is an independent public body established under the Environmental Protection Agency Act, 1992. The EPA employs 340 people who work in ten locations throughout the country.

The Need
All 27 EU Member States under the EU Bathing Water Directive are required to sample the water at each designated bathing site at least every two weeks and then report compliance rates for five different parameters for each sample. New legislation was going to increase the number of sites and, therefore, the number of samples being handled and reported. IBM, EPA and An Taisce have developed a first-of-a-kind for Europe and a significant tool for the dissemination of information and alerts/warnings to the public that will be required under the EU law from 2011.

The Solution
The Irish EPA worked with IBM to build Splash, a new website that is based on IBM WebSphere Application Server Community Edition software and that provides an interactive, map-based, one-stop shop for all information relating to recreational swimming. The site lists compliance status with bathing water quality standards at designated bathing facilities around the country. And the site has a section on annual quality that provides overall compliance information.

What Makes it Smarter
· Enables the government to consolidate data from previously disparate sources

· Displays the most timely monitoring results and information for bathing water quality, as supplied by each of the local authorities

· Provides the public with water-quality data, as well as descriptions of beaches, pictures, lifeguard availability and current weather and tidal information

For more information

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Products and services used

IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

Software:
WebSphere Application Server Community Edition

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