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Friday, 25 September 2009 Edited by: Peter Kristensen, Maggie Kossida

Water Quantity Reporting Tool available for download

To the NRCs on water quantity

Dear National Reference Centres (NRC) on water quantity

In 2008 EEA together with countries and Eurostat discussed and agreed on improved data collection on water availability, water abstraction and water use, including a test data exchange and a Thematic Eionet Workshop 'Water Quantity and Use' (June 2008 in Copenhagen)  to discuss improved water quantity reporting. Further work on aligning the SoE#3 with the Eurostat Joint Questionnaire of Inland Waters (JQ IWA) has been carried out. The result is formulated in a WISE-SOE water quantity reporting sheet and this reporting sheet was agreed together with other WISE-SOE reporting sheets at the French Water Directors November meeting[1]. In February 2009 the reporting sheet was presented to the EEA network (Eionet/NFP) and accepted as the basis for future water quantity report to EEA. During the second half of 2009 EEA will run the next regular water reporting including reporting on water quantity as specified in the reporting sheet.

The Water Quantity reporting will now follow the regular WISE-SoE data flow and the reporting will be facilitated by a specifically designed input tool the “WQ Reporting Tool”. Due to the fact that the Water Quantity reporting introduces flexibility in reporting at different spatial and temporal scales, the traditional EIONET process and related reporting formats are not user friendly enough to accommodate these needs. Thus, a user friendly reporting input tool has been developed for this purpose and in now released on CIRCA. The “WQ Reporting Tool” is in agreement with the Data Manual which was distributed during the communication of July 10th, 2009.

Please go the Eionet Circa site (EIONET CIRCA/WISE SOE reporting/Water quantity reporting 2009) and download the zip file “”

  • Download and save the “” file in your local PC
  • Uncompress the “” file

A table with the contents of the zip file and the description of the use each of the contained files is attached in this communication.

In general the requested data are described under three main categories: Water Availability, Water Abstraction, and Water Use, and are also streamline with the OECD/EUROSTAT Joint Questionnaire on Inland Water (JQ IWA)/

Suggestions from users on how to improve the Reporting Tool and the Help Manual, as well as requests for clarifications are welcome and should be addressed to Ms. Maggie Kossida (

Thank you for your cooperation

Best regards

Peter Kristensen

Project Manager Inland Water
European Environment Agency
Kongens Nytorv 6
DK-1050 Copenhagen K

Tel: +45 3336 7225

The “” file contains the following items:


What is this?

What to do with it?


This .exe file is the executable application (The WQ Reporting Tool)

Double-click on it and the application will start. No installation is required.


This .pfd file is a help manual for the tool

This is a help manual to facilitate you in using the Reporting Tool, also including the technical specifications for the requested date


This .chm file is an online help for the tool

This is an online help guiding you on how to use the Reporting Tool. It also includes technical specification son the requested data

data folder:

This folder contains data and an example from Greece:

Use the examples to get more familiar



This .wqp file contains an example from Greece

Once you have start-up the application you can open this file to see an example from Greece.



This .csv file contains an example on how to directly import stations

If you want to directly import stations data, you can refer to this example for rain gauges (precipitation stations). This file is properly formatted and you can import it in the tool to get familiar with the process.



This .csv file contains an example on how to directly import daily streamflow data

If you want to directly import daily streamflow data, you can refer to this example. This file is properly formatted and you can import it in the tool to get familiar with the process.



This .xml file contains information of the regions (RBD etc.) that the application needs in oder to run

Do not remove or delete this file