1) Sustainability Problem: Fresh water is an increasingly valuable resource. Despite utilities having extensive information about how water is sourced, purified and priced, there is no national database.
2) Technology: Internet of Water
- Water data would be shared and integrated in a standardized digital platform
- Private citizens would be able to gauge the quality of local water
- Public officials would be able to warn citizens of water-borne public health hazards
- Disaster relief efforts would be able to locate the lowest-cost, fresh, drinking water after a natural disaster like a drought or a flood
3) Organizational Stakeholders:
- Collect water utility data
- Standardize data
- Integrate data onto a common digital platform
- Roll-out database for citizens, utilities, scientists and public officials to use
Coldewey, Devin. Researchers propose an open ‘internet of water’ tracking use, quality and costs. TechCrunch. October 13, 2017. https://techcrunch.com/2017/10/13/researchers-propose-an-open-internet-of-water-tracking-use-quality-and-costs/ Web. Accessed November 25, 2017.