“Will I get water today?” Globally, more than half a billion people have access to treated piped water, but there’s a catch. That water is available for only a few hours at a time once or twice a week, and residents have no way of knowing when that will be.
NextDrop solves this problem by using basic mobile phones to collect real time water delivery information from water operators in the field. We distribute this information to the people who need it: city residents and engineers in the water utility. Our services help urban residents save time and reduce the daily stress of uncertain water, while enabling utilities to become more efficient and more transparent.
Building a Water Smart Grid Lite for the Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation
In Hubli-Dharwad, in the south Indian state of Karnataka, over 1 million residents have access to treated municipal water once every 2-8 days. There is considerable variability in the schedule, making it difficult for residents to plan ahead and know when to be at home to collect water. In September 2011 we launched our Smart Water Supply Message Service. Residents are now provided the convenience of water alerts by SMS or phone call, intimating them in advance of water arrival so they can plan their day accordingly. To date, over 25,000 households have signed up for the service.