The unified state open data portal (data.gov.ua) got a new database on May 23, 2018. The State Water Agency of Ukraine made public data of the state monitoring of surface waters, which includes data from 435 monitoring stations using 16 quality indicators over eight water basins gathered in 2008-2018. The data are to be updated every 85 days. This public information is accessible in machine-usable format, i.e. it can be recognized and processes by a computer software. Thus, citizens will be able to access relevant information on water quality in their region, and also make use of it for control purposes.
Global Open Data Index reports that water quality data are among the most closed in the world - only 15 countries (out of 94 studied) made water quality information accessible in machine-usable format. Now Ukraine is among those countries.
Another and more friendly way for a regular Ukrainian to access water quality information is interactive portal “Monitoring and Water Quality Assessment in Ukraine”, which State Water Agency launched on a pilot basis recently. The portal allows assessing water quality based on actual monitoring data and relevant maximum acceptable concentrations of water pollutants at each of the monitoring stations.
On December 2017 the Government of Ukraine amended its decision N0.835 on data bases to be made public, in particular to increase the range of data bases and introducing requirement as to their accessibility in machine-usable formats.