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Ozwater’22 at the
Brisbane Convention Centre

#ozwater22 staged by Australian Water Association is on now at the Brisbane Convention Centre. This year’s theme is Our Water Journey, celebrating the evolution of the water sector from its rich history, where we are now and what possibilities lie in our future.

Eco Detection is showcasing our revolutionary Melbourne-made real-time water quality monitoring tech; helping to secure a sustainable water future.

Eco Detection monitoring
at Meadowbank Winery for DEP

The River Derwent catchment provides around 60% of drinking water for the greater Hobart area and previous monitoring has shown warning signs that water quality has changed over the last 20 years. Like many catchments, there have been changes in land use, industrial use of freshwater and along with climate change contributing to changes in water quality. Eco Detection is working with the Derwent Estuary Program, with the support of The Ian Potter Foundation to provide real-time monitoring for the first time. Hear from Catchment Scientist Bernadette Proemse PhD on site at Meadowbank Winery, location of our latest installation.

Eco Detection installed
at prestigious Ongaha Farm

Data is flowing from our recent installation at the magnificent Ongaha farm in the Wairarapa. One of the leading figures in New Zealand agriculture, Shane McManaway plans to make Ongaha one of the region’s showcase farms on how to use water wisely. Eco Detection is proud to play a part in helping manage water quality through real-time measurement.

Eco Detection
Actionable Data in
Hawke’s Bay NZ

Working with the Mangaone Catchment Group, part of the national catchment forum run by Crown Research Institutes, Eco Detection and MyEnviro seek to demonstrate that water quality and land use can be linked in a verifiable way. Installed at beautiful Rissington Farm, Eco Detection provides real-time water quality data and MyEnviro, the land actions to a digital farm plan.
For the first time, powerful shared data can raise awareness, help inform regulations, such as fertiliser caps and stocking rates, and ultimately create the behaviour change that can improve the quality of New Zealand’s freshwater resources.

  • Trends and patterns can be picked up faster due to the large sample data set collected e.g. @4 tests a day = 1460 per year – that would take 121 years at the rate of one test per month (the rate at which councils are currently collecting water samples).
  • Communities become engaged and interested once they can see live data and trend analysis.
  • Alarms may provide early warning systems for illegal dumping.

Revolutionising water
quality measurement in Tasmania

Revolutionising water
quality measurement in Tasmania

The Derwent Estuary Program (DEP) received funding from The Ian Potter Foundation to help install Eco Detection real-time water quality monitoring systems in six locations across the River Derwent catchment.

CEO of the DEP Ursula Taylor said “Eco Detection will measure nutrients in real time which has many benefits and has the potential to revolutionise how we monitor water quality in our rivers and streams.”

The River Derwent catchment provides around 60% of drinking water for the greater Hobart area and previous monitoring has shown warning signs that water quality has changed over the last 20 years.

“Like many catchments, there have been changes in land use, industrial use of freshwater and along with climate change, this has contributed to changes in water quality,” said Ms Taylor. “The new technology will measure nutrients as they have the potential to cause undesirable excessive algal growth including toxic algal blooms.”

Eco Detection has been working collaboratively with DEP and UTAS to refine its technology and is delighted that Tasmania will be the first Australian state to run such a project in a river system.
Led by Catchment Scientist Dr Bernadette Proemse the project is supported by a number of government and industry organisations who have committed additional funding and in-kind support to this three-year project including EPA Tasmania, TasWater, Hydro Tasmania, Huon Aquaculture, Norske Skog Boyer and Meadowbank Vineyard.

The funding was awarded by The Ian Potter Foundation, one of Australia’s major philanthropic foundations. The Foundation makes grants nationally to support charitable organisations working to benefit the community across a wide range of sectors including the arts, medical research, public health research, early childhood development, community wellbeing and environmental science. The Ian Potter Foundation aims to support and promote a fair, healthy, sustainable and vibrant Australia.


Revolutionary real-time water quality monitoring

Our unique technology captures complex water chemistry data and simplifies it to enable faster and better informed environmental decisions in order to protect our most precious resource.

A data as a service (DaaS) solution, Eco Detection is a fully integrated platform that combines world-first sensor technology, cloud-based automated reporting and predictive analytics for remote water monitoring and testing.

Eco Detection enables the identification of water quality contamination in real-time, and through artificial intelligence (AI) predictive algorithms, before it occurs to ensure that water quality standards are met.

Eco Detection also offers an exciting new opportunity for the secondary carbon  markets. We bring a new measurement methodology for accounting for carbon and nitrogen in water to generate a tradeable unit of pollutant reduction in catchments.

It’s the perfect solution for anyone looking for a powerful tool to preserve, protect and improve their waterways and catchment areas. Sound like you? Get in touch today.


Until now, no freshwater monitoring solution existed that could capture complex environmental data in real-time. With our self-calibrating sensor technology, we can test as low as ten parts per billion for contaminants such as nitrates and coming soon, heavy metals.

Offering our clients a DaaS solution, our real-time data and AI predictive algorithms lets us anticipate trends as they happen, reducing negative environmental impacts to ensure our natural waterways and fragile ecosystems are protected and not exploited.

The benefits of
Eco Detection

+ Real-time monitoring

Advanced sensor technology captures complex environmental data in real-time.

+ Proven accuracy

Lab quality results provide unprecedented levels of proven accuracy in the field.

+ Faster, actionable results

More responsive than other systems to view water quality trends as they occur.

+ Carbon and nitrogen credits

New measurement methodology for accounting for carbon/nitrogen in water to generate a tradeable unit of pollutant reduction in catchments.

+ Total nutrient solutions

Monitor a broad range of nutrients, including dissolved nitrogen, nitrate, nitrite, chloride, carbonate, sulphate, flouride and more.

+ Regular reporting

A managed data visualisation platform for industry, government, research institutes and organisations to preserve water quality.

+ Better data, lower costs

Patented multi-parameter sensor design helps reduce the cost of real-time water data.


Eco Detection offers a unique multi-parameter solution optimised for targeting analytes of interest. This table indicates the current specifications and the product roadmap expanding our CZE detection capabilities.

Measurement Technology Capillary Zone Electrophoresis (CZE)
Primary Analytes Nitrate (NO3 -N), Nitrite (NO2 -N), Phosphate (PO4 -P)*
Secondary Analytes Carbonate (CO3), Sulphate (SO4), Fluoride (F), Chloride (Cl)
Range Nitrate: 0.05 mg/L to 5.0mg/L; Nitrite: 0.05 mg/L to 5.0mg/L Phosphate 0.2 mg/L to 5.0 mg/L
Measurement Accuracy ±10% of reading or ± 0.1 mg/L, whichever is greater**
Measurement Frequency 1 – 12 samples per day (configurable remotely)
Compatible Water Conditions Conductivity ≤ 1,000 μS/cm
Turbidity ≤ 1000 NTU
Operating Temperature -5°C to +40°C (23°F to 104°F) ambient temperature
Autonomous Operation 90 days/400 samples per service interval
Automatic Calibration + Protection Automatic internal self-calibration, fluidics, and turbidity protection
Environmental Rating Eco Detection unit IP54, external sub pump sensors IP68
Power Mains power 240v input. Battery power: 100Ah *12V Solar power: 300W – 350W
Connectivity Internet via cellular or satellite. Operation is continuous even without an internet connection

*Current hardware will allow further tuning of phosphate detection limits to 0.1mg/L
**Applies to the nitrite, nitrate and phosphate measurements. Chloride, sulphate, fluoride and carbonate are indicative measurements.

Product Roadmap
Ammonium 0.2 mg/L
Calcium 0.2 mg/L
Magnesium 0.2 mg/L
Phosphate (high sensitivity) 0.01 mg/L
Glyphosate 0.1 mg/L
Heavy Metals: Arsenic, Cadmium, Cobalt, Copper, Iron, Lead, Manganese, Mercury, Nickel, Zinc 0.1 mg/L
PFAS To be determined
Bacteria To be determined

Making a real

We help our clients understand what the baseline of their catchment ecosystems looks like. This lets them identify potential threats, opportunities and challenges in real-time. Through more accurate monitoring and AI for predicting events, we can improve and protect our fragile freshwater environments.