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Monitoring results

Live monitoring data for Invercargill and Gore is available on the front page of this website. To find further data go to:

Invercargill: https://www.lawa.org.nz/explore-data/southland-reg...

Gore: https://www.lawa.org.nz/explore-data/southland-reg...

Exceedances

The National Environmental Standard (NES) for PM10 (particulate matter smaller than 10 microns in diameter) is a 24-hour average concentration of 50 mg/m3, averaged over a 24-hour period. We are required to report each breach of this standard within the Gore and Invercargill airsheds. The exceedances for 2020 are noted below:

LocationDateConcentration (µg/m3)
Invercargill at Pomona Street 23/4/20 54.5
Invercargill at Pomona Street 18/05/20 52.3
Invercargill at Pomona Street 19/05/20 52.2
Invercargill at Pomona Street 24/05/20 53.0
Invercargill at Pomona Street 28/05/20 61.1
Invercargill at Pomona Street 2/6/20 51.6
Gore at Main Street 18/6/20 58.5
Gore at Main Street 19/6/20 50.8
Invercargill at Pomona Street 22/6/20 60.9
Invercargill at Pomona Street 23/6/20 64.8
Invercargill at Pomona Street 27/6/20 81.3
Gore at Main Street 27/6/20 50.8
Invercargill at Pomona Street 16/7/20 51.28
Invercargill at Pomona Street 18/7/20 56.0
Invercargill at Pomona Street 19/7/20 77.9
Invercargill at Pomona Street 14/8/20 70

Total exceedances (as at 15/8/20):

Invercargill - 13

Gore - 3

Why does it matter if our air quality is poor?

Poor air quality has an impact on us all, but particularly on those who are most vulnerable - our children, elderly and those with respiratory illnesses. Higher levels of pollutants make breathing more difficult and can result in a range of health issues.