Flood monitoring and alert trial

Together with the NSW SES, we're supporting a 12 month trial of a new Australian flood monitoring technology, called DipStik. It aims to reduce the risk to communities in flash flooding areas and educate them that it's never safe to drive through floodwater.

What is DipStik?

DipStik is an independent flood level monitoring and alert device. Communities can set up each DipStik unit to send flood alert information back to key stakeholders, such as the NSW SES and local council. For example, if a trigger point reaches a set water height, DipStik will send warning messages to recipients within minutes.

How does DipStik work?

DipStik monitors water levels 24/7 near basins, streams and other flood areas. When a storm happens, warning messages are sent to the local council and NSW SES. This helps them notify members in the local community about a floodwater risk.

Each unit runs on solar power to ensure that an external connection isn't needed. This allows DipStik to track water levels at all times and in all conditions. At night, DipStik uses a small battery storage unit that's attached to each device.

Which locations are involved?

Partnering with local councils, we're adding 18 DipStik devices to six flood prone areas:

  • Campbelltown
  • Liverpool
  • Shellharbour
  • Coffs Harbour
  • Wollondilly
  • Dungog

These locations allow us to test different flash flood scenarios in rural and metropolitan areas.

Why is NRMA trialling DipStik?

This trial is part of our commitment to help communities understand natural disaster risks. Every year floods affect thousands of Australians and costs communities over $200 million. With DipStik, we'll be able to detect floods early, and help communities better plan and manage flood events.

Research conducted with the University of NSW shows it only takes a small amount of floodwater to make a large car vulnerable and float away. We hope DipStik can help motorists better plan their journey during a flood and avoid driving through floodwater.

Frequently asked questions

During the trial only the local council, NSW SES and other key stakeholders will receive warnings. DipStik can also warn motorists and the local community of a flooded area through a flashing beacon.

If you're familiar with a car's engine, you'll know of a tool called a dipstick, which measures the engine's depth of oil. DipStik is a flood monitoring version adapted to measure water levels in flood areas.

Listen to the advice of the local council and NSW SES, and stop when you see the warning signal. If advised, take another route away from the floodwater. Remember, if it's flooded, forget it.

As a long term partner with us, the NSW SES are funding part of the trial. This is to help provide insight into and review the ability of DipStik to provide alerts of local floods. During the trial, the NSW SES will also help coordinate a response during a flood.

If you'd like to know more about the DipStik trial, send an email to sharedvalue@iag.com.au

Watch how DipStik works

DipStik is designed, manufactured and supplied by Tuftec Solutions Pty Ltd, ABN 80 143 869 970.