USGS WaterNow

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WATER DATA FOR THE NATION

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News updated Jul 2, 2014

USGS WaterNow – Current-conditions for water data directly to your mobile phone or email

Getting Started: What you need to know

1. The USGS Site Number:

This is a unique number that identifies a USGS gage or well site where you want to obtain data.

2. The Parameter Code (optional):

Needed only if you want other than the latest observations for flow (00060) and/or stage (00065), such as depth to water level (72019).

All data types are represented by their respective 5-digit parameter codes. Simply include the parameter code(s) of your choice in your email or text message.

Some commonly available parameters:

Streams,
Springs
00060 Flow, ft³/s
00065 Stage, ft
Wells 72019 Depth to water level, ft
72020 Water level elevation, ft NVGD
62611 Water level elevation, ft NAVD
Lakes 00065 Stage, ft
72020 Water level elevation, ft NVGD
Water quality 00010 Water temperature, °C
00095 Specific conductance, µS/cm
00300 Dissolved oxygen, mg/l
00400 pH

How to Obtain the Site Number and Parameter Code(s)

Start by locating your site of interest on the USGS National Water Information System Mapper, and then follow these three steps (click images to enlarge):

step 1Select a data type in the lower, left pane.


step 2Zoom the map to your region of interest and select Active Sites with Instantaneous data.


step 3Locate the site on the map and click it to see its site number.

To see its available parameters, select the Access Data link.

mobile texting to waternow Send an email or text message containing a USGS current-conditions gaging site number and quickly receive a reply with its most recent observation(s).

How to use WaterNow

Text Message (SMS)

Send a text message to WaterNow@usgs.gov containing the USGS Site Number of the gage you want to query (optionally add parameter codes to customize your query). You will receive a response within a few minutes. All query options are listed below:

Text Message ContentActionExample
(click to enlarge)
SiteNumber Query for flow and/or stage
(if available; otherwise returns a list of available parameters)
example text message
SiteNumber parameter Query for a specific parameter
(parameter codes are 5 digits; leading zeros, if any, are required)
example text message
SiteNumber parm1,parm2,...

(requesting more than three parameters will return more than the SMS maximum of 160 characters and truncate the message with most phone services)

Query multiple parameters
(parameters must be separated by commas with no spaces)
example text message
SiteNumber ? Get list of available parameters example text message
Email

Send an email message to WaterNow@usgs.gov where either the Subject or the first line of the message contains the USGS Site Number of the gage you want to query (optionally add parameter codes to customize your query). You will receive a response within a few minutes. All query options are listed below:

Email SubjectActionExample Result
SiteNumber
Example of your entry to send to WaterNow
Query for flow and/or stage
(if available; otherwise returns a list of available parameters)
01638500 09:45EST POTOMAC RIVER AT POINT OF ROCKS, MD
  00060 Discharge, cubic feet per second = 4910
  00065 Gage height, feet = 2.15
SiteNumber parameter
Example of your entry to send to WaterNow
Query for a specific parameter
(parameter codes are 5 digits; leading zeros, if any, are required)
323313117033901 06:30PST 019S002W02C007S
  72019 Depth to water level, feet below land surface = 45.10
SiteNumber parm1,parm2,...
Example of your entry to send to WaterNow
Query multiple parameters
(parameters must be separated
by commas with no spaces)
01608500 09:30EST SOUTH BRANCH POTOMAC RIVER NEAR SPRINGFIELD, WV
  00010 Temperature, water, degrees Celsius = 1.1
  00060 Discharge, cubic feet per second = 749
SiteNumber *
Example of your entry to send to WaterNow
Query for all available parameters
01608500 11:30EDT SOUTH BRANCH POTOMAC RIVER NEAR SPRINGFIELD, WV
  00010 Temperature, water, degrees Celsius = 25.9
  00060 Discharge, cubic feet per second = 896
  00065 Gage height, feet = 2.63
  00095 Specific conductance, water, unfiltered, 
  microsiemens per centimeter at 25 degrees Celsius = 225
  00300 Dissolved oxygen, water, unfiltered, milligrams per liter = 8.7
  00400 pH, water, unfiltered, field, standard units = 8.2
SiteNumber ?
Example of your entry to send to WaterNow
Get list of available parameters
01608500 SOUTH BRANCH POTOMAC RIVER NEAR SPRINGFIELD, WV
  parameters available 00010,00060,00065,00095,00300,00400


Other Services

USGS WaterAlert: The U.S. Geological Survey WaterAlert service sends e-mail or text (SMS) messages when certain parameters, as measured by a USGS real-time data-collection station, exceed user-definable thresholds.

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