Brno to Invest in the Modernization of Air Quality Measuring Stations
Brno is currently operating five stationary automatic air quality measuring stations and one mobile measuring vehicle. They are equipped with measuring devices, which will soon need replacement due to their age. On Wednesday, Brno City Council approved a public procurement contract for the purchase of new devices. Photo credit: Casadei Graphics.
Brno, Dec 20 (BD) – “Specifically, we need to replace three dust particle analyzers and one tropospheric ozone analyzer,” said Petr Hladík, First Deputy Mayor for the Environment. The measuring stations, which monitor pollution, are located on Zvonařka, Lány, and Svatoplukova, and in the Arboretum and the Exhibition Center. Other monitoring stations in the city are operated by the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute, except for the station on Masná, which is owned and operated by the Ostrava Health Institute.
Replacing the devices will cost around CZK 3 million. A subsidy from the Environment Operational Program [“Operační program Životní prostředí”] will cover up to 85% of the cost, with the remainder paid for with funds allocated from the 2019 city budget.
The replacement of the devices is expected in April next year.
The history of air pollution monitoring in Brno goes back to 1993, when the city management decided to establish a network of air quality monitoring stations in the city. Current data from the monitoring stations is available at https://www.brnenskeovzdusi.cz/.
The areas with the biggest air pollution problems in the city are usually the neighbourhood around Zvonařka bus station, the Children’s Hospital on Černopolní, and the streets Úvoz and Svatoplukova.
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