SensorUp provided the IoT platform and web portals for the public and volunteers, to support groundwater monitoring in Rocky View County.
Data Entry Portal for Volunteers
Private wells are monitored by the landowners through a citizen science program. Individuals measure the level in their water well using a device supplied by the University of Calgary. After measuring the level, citizens report the readings, and researchers assemble the data.
The data collected helps understand groundwater recharge rates, which are important to know for sustainable management of water use.Data has also supported academic publications in leading international hydrology journals.
Rocky View Well Watch Program
Rocky View Well Watch is a joint initiative between the University of Calgary and Rocky View County to monitor groundwater levels.
Rocky View County is a large, rural, agricultural and residential county in Southern Alberta. The region relies on water supply from the disappearing Bow Glacier and Bow headwaters, as well as groundwater. Groundwater in the area supports residents, farmers, and industry. The region is subject to droughts, and lies within the Palliser Drought Triangle. The most recent drought was in summer 2015. With so much relying on it, groundwater in the area is critical.
To understand, track, and manage this precious resource, Rocky View County and the University of Calgary partnered to manage groundwater reserves in the area. A monitoring program was put in place to track groundwater levels in private and public wells. Volunteers living in the county measure the water level in their wells. They report their measurements via SensorUp’s volunteer portal.
The project established a baseline water level, monitors fluctuations on an ongoing basis, and conducts research using the data to inform public policy.