Department of Planning and Environment—Water is Australia's largest water monitoring agency. Over 5,000 monitoring stations measure the quality and quantity of water in rivers, streams, groundwater and dams across New South Wales. About 900 of these stations continuously monitor water sources delivering real-time data through digital electronic technology.
Real-time data reporting
We provide real-time reports on:
- river levels and flows
- storage elevations, volumes and discharges
- salinity, temperature and turbidity
- bore water levels.
The range of data available varies from site to site.
This data is used to:
- determine water availability, water allocations and water releases
- develop water sharing plans
- evaluate the performance of water sharing plans
- predict flood levels to protect people and property
- gauge the health of rivers and floodplains
- improve our understanding of climate change management
- manage surface and groundwater resources throughout the state.
Real-time data from the department is relied upon by other agencies including WaterNSW, the Murray Darling Basin Authority, the Bureau of Meteorology, State Emergency Services and the Border Rivers Commission. The information is a critical component of the state's flood warning systems.
Open data framework timeline
We are committed to providing open access to relevant data, information products and data models to the community, the water sector and industry. This will improve the transparency of data in the water sector.
A timetable is available that sets out the activities we will take to increase transparency and open access to data by giving access to data and models that are relevant for strategic planning.
Water data review update
DPE Water has taken steps to progress the recommendations of the Chief Scientist & Engineer Water Sector review. The review advised on the adequacy of water-related data collections, infrastructure and capabilities to meet current and future requirements and manage associated risks.
The NSW Strategic Water Information Monitoring Plan PDF, 1615.72 KB is a requirement under the $80 million Modernisation and Extension of Hydrologic Monitoring Systems Program administered by the Bureau of Meteorology. The plan lists all the water information needs in the state and outlines the current data inventory and monitoring programs used to report on and manage water in New South Wales. The plan also reports gaps in data and systems relative to the data delivery requirements of the bureau.
Read the detailed report on Water inventory and observation networks in New South Wales PDF, 2768.59 KB, as outlined in the plan.