World Water Day 2021

Pandemic is a sobering reminder for the essential reliability of clean, safe water supplies for all community members and public health.

Extreme weather events have been challenging infrastructure from water utilities and rail to tourism assets like state parks. More than ever, KISTERS remains committed to working with partners worldwide to overcome data and IT barriers, ensuring that present and future operations are supported with information of the highest integrity.

world water day 2021 map of KISTERS water projects

  • The Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MoDNR) has implemented a holistic solution to manage the state’s water quality and associated projects on a much less fractured, more synchronized watershed basis. The integrated strategy relies on KISTERS technology stack as a single system of record that increases secured access to hydrological, water quality, and bioassessment information.

    Key to the popularity of the Missouri State Park system are 15 designated swimming beaches. During the recreation season, water quality sampling and E. coli analyses are conducted weekly. Water sampling metadata is recorded and lab results checked against the geometric mean, while an Esri ArcGIS extension enables the public to easily view a map online and decide if a particular beach is suitable for swimming.

    In addition, MoDNR surveys streams, taking direct measurements of resident biota as they provide more precise and more consistent information about water quality conditions over time. Stream health is reported by automated calculations of taxa richness, the EPT index, the (Hilsenhoff) Biotic index, and the Shannon diversity index overall and within specific habitat types. Extensive metadata management of sampling IDs facilitates comparison of biological data to water chemistry results.

  • Located between Ireland and England, on the Isle of Man, Manx Utilities delivers drinking water, treats wastewater, and performs flood risk management services. Its operational water infrastructure includes four impounding reservoirs, two treatment plants, 20 pumping stations and 27 service reservoirs. Desiring to upgrade its Oracle server and having outgrown multiple components of its legacy water quality data management system, the utility implemented KISTERS Water Quality Management (KiWQM) system to more efficiently plan and conduct water quality sample scheduling, automate verification of lab results and acceptable chemical limits, and generate reports.

  • Year-round planning and advanced technology help ensure Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français (SNCF) mitigate weather impacts on safe and efficient rail operations. The following hazards that result, either directly or indirectly, from weather events include flooding, landslides, and erosion of railroad embankments. To prevent or mitigate these dangers, the French national railway aggregates data from Vigicrues, the nation’s flood forecasting agency, with its own subscription to highly localized weather services. In particular, the southern region of the country is vulnerable to flashier flood risks. Highly accurate raster data enables SNCF personnel to act on timely information. Real time and forecast information are subject to customized alerts and an employee notification protocol.

  • The Murray-Darling Basin is home to some 30,000 wetlands. In addition, it supports one-third of Australia’s agricultural production. However, it is under stress in a changing climate according to CSIRO. Covering 14% of the Australian continent, the basin is one of the world’s most variable climate regions.

    To better manage water within its territory, Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) is modernizing its data management. The next generation water data management system is accounting for telemetered and verified hydrographical data, from more than 700 monitoring sites throughout the one million km2 basin and operated by various organizations besides MDBA. In addition, the continuous dataset is being integrated with discrete data on water quality, both in terms of water chemistry and biological assessments.

    In turn, the point-of-truth system will support modelling systems that power River Operations, Water Resource Planning, and business intelligence systems that simplify internal data sharing and reporting requirements.