Introducing the Internet of Water

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.

Category: Water

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:

  • Citizens
  • Government
  • Scientists
  • Utilities

4) Deployment:

  • 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

Source:

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.

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