February 08, 2017

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Sommer Rader installed in Mandalay to measure water flow of Ayeyawady River

A sommer rader installed in Mandalay to measure water flow of  Ayeyawady River. Photo: Aung Thant Khaing
A sommer rader installed in Mandalay to measure water flow of Ayeyawady River. Photo: Aung Thant Khaing

A SOMMER rader was installed on Saturday at the Inwa (Sagaing) old bridge in Mandalay by the Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems (DWIR).
U Toe Aung Lin, director of the DWIR (Mandalay), said the key objective of the installation of new radar is to measure water flow rate and surface water change along Ayeyawady River.
Australia-based Pentair Environment Systems, a provider of environmental monitoring systems, donated the sommer radar, and its technicians trained the department’s staff.
The data sent by the radar after measuring water flow rate and surface water change play a crucial role in carrying out the conservation of watercourses along the river, U Toe Aung Lin said.
The newly installed radar is solar powered, helping it to provide 24/7 services through a GSM network to transfer the data to the designated website, which is being developed by the department.
The Meteorology and Hydrology Department normally conducts measurements of water flow on the river three times a day with the use of a manual system.—Aung Thant Khaing

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