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    ASTM D5413 - 93(2013)

    Standard Test Methods for Measurement of Water Levels in Open-Water Bodies

    Active Standard ASTM D5413 | Developed by Subcommittee: D19.07

    Book of Standards Volume: 11.02

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    Significance and Use

    4.1 These test methods are used to determine the gauge height or elevation of a river or other body of water above a given datum.

    4.2 Water level data can serve as an easily recorded parameter, and through use of a stage-discharge relation provide an indirect value of stream discharge, often at a gauging station.

    4.3 These test methods can be used in conjunction with other determinations of biological, physical, or chemical properties of waters.


    1. Scope

    1.1 These test methods cover equipment and procedures used in obtaining water levels of rivers, lakes, and reservoirs or other water bodies. Three types of equipment are available as follows:

    Test Method A—Nonrecording water-level measurement devices

    Test Method B—Recording water-level measurement devices

    Test Method C—Remote-interrogation water-level measurement devices

    1.2 The procedures detailed in these test methods are widely used by those responsible for investigations of streams, lakes, reservoirs, and estuaries, for example, the U.S. Agricultural Research Service, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, and the U.S. Geological Survey.2 The referenced ISO standard also furnishes useful information.

    1.3 It is the responsibility of the user of these test methods to determine the acceptability of a specific device or procedure to meet operational requirements. Compatibility between sensors, recorders, retrieval equipment, and operational systems is necessary, and data requirements and environmental operating conditions must be considered in equipment selection.

    1.4 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are for information only.

    1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D1129 Terminology Relating to Water

    D1941 Test Method for Open Channel Flow Measurement of Water with the Parshall Flume

    D2777 Practice for Determination of Precision and Bias of Applicable Test Methods of Committee D19 on Water

    D5242 Test Method for Open-Channel Flow Measurement of Water with Thin-Plate Weirs

    ISO Standard

    ISO 4373 Measurement of Liquid Flow in Open ChannelsWater Level Measuring Devices

    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 13.060.10 (Water of natural resources)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code

    Referencing This Standard
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    DOI: 10.1520/D5413-93R13

    Citation Format

    ASTM D5413-93(2013), Standard Test Methods for Measurement of Water Levels in Open-Water Bodies, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2013, www.astm.org

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