I was at the bookstore yesterday and met the mother of the founder of Next Drop.
they provide texts telling the people of India when water is coming.
“Overwhelmed and grossly understaffed to fix problems, utility companies leave citizens feeling neglected, helpless”
NextDrop believes that connecting citizens, government bodies and the private sector to actionable, real-time information can change this. Through mobile phones, we broadcast information across our network of mobile-enabled citizens, covering 90 per cent of Hubli-Dharwad (India’s 51st most populous city, Census 2011) and reaching Bangalore (India’s third most populous metropolis, Census 2011), entirely, this year.
When Hubli-Dharwad’s water utility used NextDrop’s monitoring tools across a three-month period, over 17,500 families got water when they otherwise would not. These families were at the tail-end of their area’s supply cycle and wouldn’t receive sufficient water if the system lacked proper pressure. By engaging valvemen (ground level staff) to report water pressure when they turned water on, and relaying this to utility engineers responsible for decision-making about those areas, NextDrop enables real-time adjustments to ensure equitable supply.
i am so small. what am I doing for others? Also, here is a picture of kids reading to dogs: