The pressure on water resources has been mounting worldwide with water scarcity becoming a widespread problem in most arid and semiarid regions around the world. Global water extractions have increased from 600 to 3,900 km3 in the last century, which is almost twice the rate of population growth.
Bay of Plenty Regional Council monitors rivers, lakes, tidal, rainfall, meteorological and air quality sites throughout the Bay of Plenty. The majority of these sites are telemetered i.e. the data from them is transmitted back to base via the radio or phone network.