California Laboratory Intake Portal (CLIP)


The State Water Resources Control Board Division of Drinking Water (DDW) is excited to announce the development of a new drinking water quality data intake portal. This portal, known as the California Laboratory Intake Portal, or CLIP, will replace the current intake portal known as WQM. CLIP will be implemented in phases, beginning with chemical and radiological analyses; with the goal of ultimately being the intake portal for all drinking water quality data. This will result in a single point of access for laboratories for drinking water quality data reporting requirements, which should help facilitate reporting. Additionally, CLIP will include a validation tool while ensuring quality control elements. This will allow laboratories to demonstrate submission of data with known and documented quality. The use of CLIP should result in streamlined access, improved electronic data reporting, and the ability to document the submission of reliable and defensible data.

Development of CLIP is being performed by DDW with a vendor, EarthSoft. As part of this effort, a new reporting format known as “EQEDD_CASWRCB_DDW” is being developed that will replace the current electronic reporting data format specified in regulations. Regulation revisions are pending, which should incorporate the new reporting format. The new reporting format should facilitate the submission of water quality data analyses while collecting appropriate quality control elements. Information regarding future regulation changes will be made available as they are developed.

CLIP Testing by Pilot Laboratories

The Data Management Unit (DMU) solicited for volunteers to test CLIP prior to implementation. Volunteers have been selected and testing is currently planned for early 2020.

CLIP Registration

In mid-2020 all laboratories and their data submitters will be notified of the need to register, establish their identity, and obtain authorization to sign a submission electronically prior to using CLIP.

CLIP Training

DMU will provide laboratory training prior to implementation to ensure familiarity with CLIP prior to the transition from WQM.

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