Smart catchments are a new way of managing water. Pioneering technology collects, analyses and uses data to improve decision-making.

This helps reduce flood risk, improve water quality, and better manage water resources.

A combination of sensors, telemetry and weather stations collect data on water quality, river level and rainfall. This data identifies potential problems, such as pollution or flooding so action can be taken. If a sensor detects high levels of pollution in a river the system can notify the relevant authorities.

Smart catchments also use data to improve integrated water management  and decision making in real-time. There are many benefits to using smart catchments:

  • Improve the environment by monitoring water quality, helping identify sources of pollution.
  • Increase water storage by monitoring how water can be captured and stored for when the weather is drier.
  • Improve decision-making by providing data and information to make informed decisions about water management.
  • Increase transparency by providing data and information to track the progress of water management projects and programs.
  • Enhance public engagement by providing data and information to raise community awareness about water management.