NextDrop, a simple text-messaging system to give information to residents of Asia, Africa, and Latin America where piped water availability is sporadic. So, rather than wait at home for the water to come on, losing productive time that could be spent at work or in school, residents can get reliable, real-time information about the status of water distribution. http://nextdrop.org/
Reliable Information on Water Availability
NextDrop provides households with accurate and timely information about local piped water delivery, over cell phones already widely in use in India. This information comes from water utility employees who call our interactive voice response system when they open valves to distribute water. These reports are used to generate real-time water availability updates and notifications 30-60 minutes in advance of water delivery. In addition, NextDrop uses crowd-sourcing to verify the accuracy of utility reports and create a feedback loop, introducing much needed visibility for engineers in the water utility.
Crowd-sourced information from residents is compared with reports from valvemen to create a feedback loop. If there is a conflict between the reports from valvemen and crowd-sourced data, engineers at the utility are alerted, enabling the engineers to address the problem.
Utility employees in the field use their cell phones to call our interactive voice response system when they open neighborhood valves and “feeder valves” which must be manually opened to enable local water delivery. These reports are used to generate text message updates for local residents and live data on water delivery outcomes for engineers at the utility.
Residents receive SMS updates 30-60 minutes prior to water delivery and in real-time indicating that water is available through the piped network. In addition, residents are contacted randomly through the interactive voice system and asked to verify the accuracy of information provided by valvemen.
NextDrop, a collaboration of the UC Berkeley School of Information, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Goldman School of Public Policy
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