Hydrology & Stormwater Management

KISTERS is a world leader in overcoming water data management challenges. National and state governments, municipalities as well as corporations seek out our water solutions to manage and plan for the safe, sustainable supply of this precious resource.

Urban hydrology complexities demand a comprehensive view and analysis of precipitation, runoff, percolation, water treatment and reuse. Partnering with KISTERS allows water data professionals to streamline demands and work smarter, focusing their expertise on more critical issues.

If your priorities range from water security to water scarcity, KISTERS' water solutions can manage the broad diversity of data – including discrete data from water quality samples and biological assessments. Dump unsecured spreadsheets to sophisticated analytical tools that reveal insights from real-time controls and present effective recommendations for operational improvements and strategic environmental resource planning.


"Above all, municipalities need to view stormwater, treated water and wastewater as interconnected systems facing similar challenges rather than as separate, mutually exclusive entities." ~ Eric Meliton & Alyssa Cerbu, TRCA


Flood Warning Options

  • Time-critical, redundant alarm systems with multiple notification methods support extreme weather event monitoring.

  • Integrate high resolution gauge-adjusted radar rainfall data for deeper analysis of runoff.

  • Import, review & further analyze ADCP measurements evaluated by the USGS QRev program.

  • Develop, store & utilize multiple stage-discharge rating curves, especially during all phases of a flood.

  • Calculate shifts in flows, channel morphology, and sediment from impervious areas. Compare with infiltration trends over time.

  • Web services feed QA/QC data into forecasting models for more accurate, more precise results.

Stormwater Options

  • Synthesize and map hydrologic data with water quality lab results and ecological inventory to monitor the health of your drinking water sources.

  • Automate TMDL calculations and more closely track nutrients moving through your watershed.

  • Simplify MS4 permit reporting and reduce compliance uncertainty. Logic-driven surveys ensure all relevant data collected in the field. Automate exact matching of lab orders and results received via EDD.

  • Better forecasting and modelling result from higher quality current and historical data.

Clients In the News

City of Edmonton, Alberta
"LID Stormwater Management in Cold Climate Conditions." Environmental Science & Engineering.

Low impact development (LID) mimics the natural hydrological cycle to manage stormwater at its source(s). The City promotes the use of bioswales -- conducting demonstration projects; recognize distinct land use settings; and advancing practices in the control of sedimentation, snow-sand/gravel, and water quality.
Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA)
"Stream Buffers: The sharpest tool in the stormwater management toolbox." Stormwater Magazine.

To protect surface and groundwater supplies, LCRA and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality begin buffer zones at a drainage area of 5 acres (2 hectares). In addition the Highland Lakes Watershed Ordinance manages runoff from new development, quarries, and mines in three adjacent counties. Permit staff and design engineers verify beginnings of creeks and then establishes buffer zones.