Discharge Monitoring in a Tidally Affected River with the SonTek-SL in Southern Malaysia

Malaysia Estuary

Tagged with: Discharge, Estuary Studies

Background
In 2011 a series of gauging stations was established along the Johor River which measured river water level and velocity to gain a better understanding of the existing river flows. The Johor River is an important source of water for several water treatment plants. However during high tides and in dry seasons, a salt water wedge pushes upstream affecting water quality and thus water supply.

Challenge
The measurement objectives and locations along the Johor and Linggiu River represented many challenges. Accurate continuous discharge data was required quickly in locations where tidal influence causing variable back water effects and also reverse flows were present. In addition, the locations were remote with limited access making installation and commissioning work difficult.

Xylem Solution
Greenspan Singapore Pte Ltd was engaged to undertake the project and chose SonTek Side Looking sensors which combine continuous measurement of level and velocity to continuously derive discharge at the three locations. For velocity index development and cross section measurement, a SonTek ADCP RiverSurveyor system was used.

Application
Continuous water level, velocity and discharge data was recorded by the sensors for the measurement locations. A velocity index for each site was developed for a range of water levels by undertaking discharge measurement during releases of water from the upstream reservoir.

Customer's Feedback
Faizal Yusoff, the lead Field Hydrographer from Greenspan, noted that the Sontek SL provided good data record for unattended monitoring. It was also a surprise that the backwater affects from the tide were experienced so far upstream, particularly during low flows which meant direct measurement of velocity was in fact critical as traditional stage to discharge ratings would have yielded high uncertainties due to the loop rating.

Data provided by Greenspan Technical Services

Data provided by Greenspan Technical Services