Resource Quality Information Services
RQIS is a directorate in the Water Monitoring and Information
chief directorate under the Planning and Information Branch
of the Department of Water and Sanitation.
Purpose of RQIS
RQIS provides national water resource managers with aquatic
resource data, technical information, guidelines and
procedures that support the strategic and operational
requirements for assessment and protection of water resource
Functioning aquatic ecosystems and an adequate supply of usable water
are fundamental to the survival and development of any nation, and particularly so
for water-stressed countries like South Africa.
The national monitoring programmes
mostly monitor "raw" surface water quality
in rivers and dams and produce
long-term trend reports and visualisations of, for example,
For more information on other types of water quality information, such
as municipal water supply and sewage, please follow the links on
our Reports page.
Note that our laboratories only
process samples registered on the
national monitoring database. To
look for private laboratories, please
try this search:
water analysis south africa
RQIS main page last edited 2014-10-28 08:38
Water Management System (WMS) water quality database
Chemical monitoring (NCMP)
Eutrophication monitoring (NEMP)
Microbiological monitoring (NMMP)
Aquatic Ecosystem Health Monitoring (NAEHMP)
River Health Programme (RHP)
Toxicity Monitoring (NTMP)
Strategic Framework for Monitoring and Assessment of Water Quality and Aquatic Ecosystem Health
This directorate officially opened as the Hydrological Research Institute
on 20 October 1972. In 1994 it became IWQS, in 2003 RQS and in 2014 RQIS.
Read more here.