Water related information and data affects the activity of many establishments and enterprises as well as households daily lives. What is the status of the surface and groundwater in my neighbourghood, will there be enough water resources for production or a new housing development, are there any floods, where is the nearest bore well or surface water intake – these are just some examples of the questions the Estonian Environment Agency can answer, as we are the principal collectors of information on Estonian water resources, their status and usage.
Two departments of the Estonian Environment Agency are engaged in water issues. The hydrology department performs hydrological monitoring: collects, processes, generalises, stores and disseminates collected hydrological monitoring data, prepares forecasts and civil engineering calculations, and maintains a hydrological information system. The data management department collects, processes, analyses water data, publishes domestic and international reports on groundwater, surface water and water use, and administrates water related databases.