Robowell - Providing Accurate and Current Water-Level and Water-Quality Data in Real Time for Protecting Ground-Water ResourcesFact Sheet FS-053-02
By Gregory E. Granato and Kirk P. Smith
Accurate and current hydrologic data are necessary to protect the Nation's water-supply infrastructure because ground water is a limited and vulnerable resource. Robowell, an automated ground-water monitoring system, provides real-time data without incurring the high labor and laboratory costs associated with manual sampling. Using proven sampling methods, the Robowell system can monitor ground-water quality and water level in one or more wells at a monitoring site. This technology, if used with periodic manual sampling and appropriate calibration, provides the information necessary to detect abrupt changes, short-term variability, and seasonal and long-term trends in water quality and water levels. When Robowell detects these changes, it can quickly alert an operator. These capabilities make Robowell a steadfast sentry that can detect and report changes in water-quality or flow direction at contaminated sites, near potential sources of contaminants, or at public water-supply well fields.
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Granato, G.E., and Smith, K.P., 2002, Robowell--Providing Accurate and Current Water-Level and Water-Quality Data in Real Time for Protecting Ground-Water Resources: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet FS-053-02, 6 p.
For more information about Robowell and related programs, visit the following Web sites:
The Robowell web site at URL http://ma.water.usgs.gov/automon/
The Technology Enterprise office web site at URL http://www.usgs.gov/tech-transfer/ and the Toxic Substances Hydrology Program web site at URL http://toxics.usgs.gov/
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