Why this Innovation is Important
Thousands of remote villages are in immediate need of safe water, and yet, collecting the data to accurately assess a community's situation and its water challenges is time-consuming and a daunting task. To efficiently address this data collection and analysis challenge, we have created a Tablet-based application. This will streamline the process so that we can accelerate the assessment of potential communities in order to process many communities simultaneously, thus reaching more people faster.
Progress to Date
Until recently, it was not practical to create a mobile app that provided a guide to the step-by-step process of drinking water provision, from initial community contact through facility launching and operational quality control. There were hardware and software issues, internet accessibility challenges, and the associated costs that limited the efficacy of such an approach. But recent advances in technology and associated reductions in cost enabled Safe Water Network to demonstrate that such a tool is not only possible, but it is more efficient and effective.
The app now makes it easier for our field teams to capture quantitative and qualitative data, as well as incorporate maps, photos and video. Each resulting Village Profile is uploaded to a cloud-based server and is accessible to our global team, providing them with the necessary information to plan an appropriate intervention, select a local partner, and design a system with the right technology.
How this Contributes to the Long-term Success of our Model
Today we spend less time on data gathering and processing, and spend more time on optimizing the delivery of safe drinking water to communities in need. By cost-effectively accelerating the process we can address more communities faster, with assurance that there will be no loss of accuracy or efficacy.
The next phase of our app development will track a Safe Water Station operation from plant performance to water quality, capacity utilization and financials.
Ultimately, the Tablet will provide a comprehensive set of cloud-based tools for education, implementation, tracking, and reporting. This will further reduce the time and costs required to engage a community and launch a sustainable system so that we can efficiently replicate our model and reach more people still in need of affordable, safe water.
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