SEPA launches new mobile website for water users

date25 April 2013

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has today (25 April 2013) announced the launch of a new mobile-friendly website to make it even easier for fishermen, canoeists, walkers and other water users to plan their activities.

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Water levels monitored by SEPA at over 330 gauging stations across Scotland will be available to view through the new website.

The free site will enable water users and managers to check current river, loch and tide levels via supported mobile devices, and is updated on a minimum daily basis to provide an accurate snapshot of conditions.

SEPA’s water level web pages are among the most popular on SEPA’s website attracting over 412,000 visitors during the past year.

Richard Brown, Head of Hydrology at the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) said:

By using new technology, we are making it easier for the public to access environmental information.

“Our website has become a primary source of trusted information for water users across Scotland. But with the increasing use of mobile devices to access the internet there has been high demand for a mobile-friendly version of the site and we are pleased to be able to offer this extended free service.

“We hope that the introduction of the new mobile website will build on the success of our existing water level web pages by making this valuable information accessible to an even wider audience.”

Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse said:

In the Year of Natural Scotland when we’re encouraging more people to experience our great outdoors, this new service will make it even easier for fishermen, canoeists, walkers and other water users to plan their activities and enjoy the best of Scotland’s natural environment.”

SEPA monitors water levels as part of its duties to assess Scotland’s water resources.  The information is used for a variety of purposes including water quality, flood warning and evaluating changes in the environment due to land use or climate change.

The water level data is collected by SEPA from gauging stations using a variety of electronic sensors and data loggers. The majority of data loggers are connected to the telephone network, enabling SEPA to collect the data remotely. It is then transferred from SEPA’s data management system to the website on a minimum daily basis although an upgrade programme is under way to increase the number of sites capable of displaying data on an hourly basis.

To view the new mobile-friendly website please visit: www.riverlevels.mobi/

To view the existing river level data web pages please visit: www.sepa.org.uk/water/river_levels/river_level_data.aspx

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