How to Get Your Data Sorted in Water Management

Water management data for a sustainable future

 Management of water resources is vital in Australia and water harvesting, storage and distribution have been a critical factor in urban and regional development.

Water usage and rainfall in Australia varies greatly year by year, in volume and in geographic distribution. That’s why careful water monitoring and data management is so crucial for sustainability, as well as complying with statutory groundwater licensing and usage obligations.

A key component of sustainable water management is minimising or avoiding activities which could result in reduced water supplies or degradation of water resource quality. This is particularly in response to the building of dams and associated irrigation areas across all industries, which has increased water availability but has also damaged the environment, causing the long-term ecological decline of rivers, wetlands and floodplains. Many communities and industries have suffered from the adverse environmental effects and poor water quality.

Deep groundwater systems have very different characteristics to shallow aquifers and surface water resources. Understanding these differences and determining the degree of connectivity between aquifers is a key issue in effective water management.

Water data delivers important insights

When it comes to water management, data can deliver important insights and inform decision making. New measurement technologies can transform the types of big data collected, how it is interpreted and deliver better outcomes for utilisation of the groundwater resources and managing compliance obligations.

Understanding what types of water data can be captured will drive tremendous change in the years to come. New technologies which rapidly synthesise captured data with existing models will support this transformation toward a more sustainable future.

Data which can be captured from multiple sources and be presented in a way that delivers a high-level single source of truth for scientists, planners and policy makers is paramount. Going beyond just presenting this data on its own, it must also correlate and integrate with a wide range of information including environmental, demographic and industry specific modelling.

What is the solution for water data management?

  • Determine a single source of truth for water data which can be used in conjunction with other data models.
  • Capture and synthesise water data rapidly from a variety of sources such as weather stations, manual readings, water sampling and analysis, surface and downhole electronic data loggers
  • A data logging solution that can be used offline is vital.
  • Make data more accessible and improve how easy it is for users to interpret and integrate in decision making
  • Effective tools to monitor aquifer usage and manage groundwater licensing and compliance obligations
  • Implementing a data management solution integrated with centralised and standardised business rules, ensures a ‘single source of truth’ across divisions.

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For further reading

Parliament of Australia Water Management

Bureau of Meteorology Water in Australia

Australia State of the Environment 2016: Water Management in Australia

ATSE Sustainable Water Management: Securing Australia’s Future in a Green Economy