The quality of bodies of water in Europe — both ground and surface water — is still insufficient in many places. Within the framework of EU Life +, VITO and the Flemish Environment Company (VMM) developed smart software which allows policy-makers to keep a finger on the pulse.
The software was named WEISS, or Water Emissions Inventory planning Support System, and is mainly intended as a tool for policy-makers. It charts in detail how and the extent to which polluting substances find their way to bodies of water. That information aids in developing measures to reduce water pollution. WEISS divides bodies of water into small grids, which offer a detailed look at the state of water quality. The software shows the results in maps and tables which can be used immediately for mandatory reports.
The WEISS software is user-friendly and can be customised to fit its users. It uses intelligent, built-in algorithms which deal flexibly with datasets such as diverse pollutants and different sources of pollution. VMM has been using the tool since 2011 and Brussels Capital Region since 2012. In September 2014, The Walloon Region also began using WEISS to help formulate policy.