Air monitoring station set up in Adelaide CBD
A new air monitoring station in Adelaide’s Central Business District (CBD) will give people access to up-to-date information about air quality in the area.
Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation Ian Hunter and the EPA held a public launch of its new station, located the front of the SA Water building at 250 Victoria Square, on 1 May to invited guests and the community.
Data from the station will help the EPA better understand pollution sources and patterns in the CBD, and how they may impact on air quality.
The EPA has an air quality monitoring network comprising 14 sites throughout South Australia, monitoring 7 different pollutants.
By establishing this new station, important information can be collected on the air quality impacts from building and infrastructure changes presently being undertaken and help to inform future planning. This information can be used in conjunction with inventories, modelling and community engagement programs to underpin future policy directions aimed at reducing long-term risks to human health, and environment within the CBD. This approach supports the Premier’s strategic priorities Creating a vibrant city and Safe communities, healthy neighbourhoods.
To ensure availability of real-time information to the public, the data from the CBD station is also available via a digital display on the ground floor foyer of the SA Water/EPA Building.
Overall, the air quality in South Australia is relatively good compared with other states, due to its smaller population and because weather conditions help to clear pollutants out away from the city.
Data collected from the EPA’s air quality monitoring network is reported on a regular basis.