Monitoring and Technical Support
All water systems, including the Komati River, are in a perpetual state of change due to seasons, climate and shifting water use patterns. KOBWA needs sufficient and up-to-date data and information about water quality and quantity and their spatial and temporal trends in order to operate and manage the system effectively and efficiently.
The Monitoring and Technical Support Unit is responsible for collecting, analysing and storing data and disseminating information about the behaviour of the different aspects of water resources in the Basin. The Monitoring and Technical Support Unit designs, sets-up, operates and maintains various types of state-of-the-art hydrometeorological and water quality monitoring systems, both static and near real-time. They also keep records on both the quality and quantity of water resources in the Basin. This information is used to support decision-making concerning systems operation (water supply and demand management), managing risk and uncertainty, dam safety, as well as environmental management.