THE first mobile phone application for accessing real-time water data in Australia has been released.
The app is welcome news for local water users and will drastically improve decision-making time.
It will enable water users to instantly access information on stream levels and salinity levels for surface water, major dam levels and inflows and water table data instantly from handheld devices.
Kiama MP Gareth Ward said the application had a number of uses.
“People travelling home across low-level crossings will be able to check the water level to see if they can cross,” he said.
“The farmer in the field will be able to check river levels to see if a pump needs to be moved and groundwater levels can be monitored.
“All users who require access to stream, storage or groundwater bore information while on the move will benefit from this app.”
The real-time data is collected from 139 sites from other agencies, bringing the total number of real-time sites handled to more than 1300.
The data is typically recorded every 15 minutes and pushed to a central location hourly.
The NSW RealTime Water Data app allows water users to search for a monitoring site within their river basin to see a variety of information recorded at that site.
“We are investigating additional enhancements that may include using the mobile device’s GPS to find out about sites within a specified radius of its location and a notification function when user-specified conditions at a site are met,” Mr Ward said.