Wivenhoe Water Quality Monitoring
- One of the major sources of drinking water for south-east Queensland under the watchful eye of one of Australia’s largest integrated intelligent wireless sensor network
- CSIRO and a local water authority in Queensland, SEQWater, joined forces to monitor the Lake Wivenhoe catchment, which spans an area about the size of the city of Brisbane, and supplies water to the region’s 1.5 million residents
- Approximately 120 nodes, using CSIRO’s FLECK™ smart wireless sensor network technology, are monitoring environmental conditions on Lake Wivenhoe and in the surrounding catchment
The network included 40 floating nodes to monitor water temperature profile at different depths along the lake. The temperature of currents along the water column correlates highly with pollution levels in the lake, enabling water authorities to decide where and how much to treat water downstream.
The network also includes dozens of land based nodes, on livestock and fixed in paddocks, to understand the grazing patterns of animals and the time they spend in ripirian areas, which contributes to the pollution input into the waterways.