Posted on 4 October 2016
Inkomati-Usuthu catchment management agency (IUCMA) is the first catchment management agency in South Africa officially using HydroNet for the smart management of their water resources.
The control room shows the real-time status of the weather, water quality, dam levels, water used for irrigation and water quantity within the whole catchment.
Well-informed decision making
HydroNet is an open platform developed by HydroLogic. The platform connects the user to all available data sources in real-time databases, satellites and radars, in this case the South African Weather Service and the DHI database of the agency.
The use of HydroNet has fully equipped IUCMA to make well-informed decisions in times and situations where every raindrop counts.
The information from HydroNet can also be easily shared with stakeholders.
Every raindrop counts
Drought-prone South Africa is suffering one of the strongest El Niño weather events in more than half a century, causing extreme drought in South Africa and the Incomati catchment area.
In situations where every raindrop counts making optimal use of the available water resources is essential.
HydroNet provides IUCMA easy access to the best available weather information from the South African Weather service.
This information helps the water managers of IUCMA with real-time monitoring and the prediction of rainfall is easily made accessible online.
Demonstration and fine-tuning
It all started in 2012 with the Kingfisher project in which the Dutch Regional Water Authorities cooperate with nine future catchment management agencies (CMA) in South Africa.
Goal of the project is to improve the CMA’s governance in the field of integrated water management and to share knowledge about the use of smart water management tools.
As part of the project, HydroNet could be demonstrated and fine-tuned to the South African situation.
The Kingfisher project has been funded by the Dutch national Partners for Water programme with support from Regional water authority Waterschap Groot Salland.
This news item was originally published on the website of HydroNet.
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Presentation of HydroNet as a water management support tool for a weather smart South Africa.