Receive the latest hydrological data


It is possible to receive the latest hydrological data (raw data) from the FOEN automatic gauging stations on Swiss watercourses and lakes via SMS or file transfer protocol.

Receive the latest hydrological data via SMS

The latest hydrological data (raw data) from around 170 FOEN automatic gauging stations on Swiss watercourses and lakes can be received via SMS. The FOEN particularly hopes that this SMS service will reach people in the field who lack access to an internet link. This can include employees at hydropower stations, federal and cantonal experts, sports enthusiasts, or - in critical flood situations - even members of crisis teams such as the fire service or civil protection units.

To receive the data, first key in the letter on your mobile phone corresponding to the information requested, i.e. H for water level, Q for discharge and T for water temperature, followed by a space and the four-digit number that identifies each gauging station. Text your request to 9234 (or from abroad to +41 76 414 234). The reply containing the desired data will be received by return. It includes the latest value measured (provisional data), with date and time, the mean for the past 24 hours and maximum and minimum values since the previous day, indicating the difference. It is also possible to request data from several stations in a single text message (e.g., T 2135 2030 2029).

Manual and list of stations (PDF)

Subscription service (PDF)

The latest hydrological data via file transfer protocol

It is also possible to receive the current data (unchecked raw data) from some 300 FOEN automatic gauging stations on Swiss watercourses, lakes and groundwater resources via file transfer protocol (FTP, http).

Each customer receives a personal user account to access the data. The access data must then be used only by that customer and may not be passed on.

The terms of use for the data and the directions for access to the server are described in detail in the general terms and conditions.

General terms and conditions for downloading of the latest hydrological data (in German) (PDF)

To be able to use this service, simply send an e-mail to the FOEN data access centre with the following details:

  • Contact person for administration
  • Contact person for clarification of technical details
  • Intended use of the data
  • Transmission protocol required (FTP or http)