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We began our mission in 2006, and one thing is very clear: water changes everything. Once a water point is built, we need to be sure that it keeps serving the community long after the rigs have finished drilling, the pumps are installed, and clean water becomes available.

 

We train local communities so they can take care of most repairs. But, sometimes, they run into problems that require outside help. Because of how remote many locations are, there can be delays in solving these complex problems. 

 

A few years ago, we had the idea to equip our remote water points with sensors that could transmit data to us on how much water was flowing. Then, if there was a breakdown, we could dispatch help immediately. But, when we looked around for such a device, there was nothing on the market that could deliver the data we needed and be rugged enough to deploy at scale in the tough environments we work in. So, we set out to build our own device. It’s been an exciting and challenging journey. 

 

We have now designed, produced, and distributed the first-of-their-kind hand pump sensors that can give us real-time data on thousands of wells around the world. These sensors use sophisticated algorithms that can even help predict when a well may be about to fail, giving us knowledge that is redefining the standard for project monitoring. Now, after success with our early generation devices in the field, we improved our design and made it longer-lasting and more efficient.  

 

Chengcheng Zhai, an expert in data analysis, has been volunteering at charity: water to help analyze the data from sensors. She has an inspiring clean water story of her own.

The new sensor is about to launch

 

“After two years of research and development and more than 10,000 hours of engineering time, the first-ever sensor for the India Mark II hand pump is in production. We expect the first shipment of devices to go to Uganda in the next few weeks, where 20 local organizations are trained and ready to install them.

 

“This technology monitors the performance of its hand pump and transmits real-time data up to the internet. If a breakdown occurs, an alert is transmitted to the local government water office or the NGO working in that area so they can dispatch a mechanic. We look forward to hearing the stories of transformation these sensors inspire.”

 

– Christoph Gorder, Chief Global Water Officer

The new sensor is about to launch

 

“After two years of research and development and more than 10,000 hours of engineering time, the first-ever sensor for the India Mark II hand pump is in production. We expect the first shipment of devices to go to Uganda in the next few weeks, where 20 local organizations are trained and ready to install them.

 

“This technology monitors the performance of its hand pump and transmits real-time data up to the internet. If a breakdown occurs, an alert is transmitted to the local government water office or the NGO working in that area so they can dispatch a mechanic. We look forward to hearing the stories of transformation these sensors inspire.”

 

– Christoph Gorder, Chief Global Water Officer

Thank You

 

We’re committed to using cutting-edge technology to make sure that every person on the planet gets the reliable, sustainable access to clean, safe drinking water that they deserve.

 

We are so excited to share the progress our sensor program is bringing to the sector. We will share updates with you as we continue in our mission to bring clean water to every corner of the globe and every person on the planet.

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