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Water Monitoring and Storage System

Increase efficiency in monitoring water storage, Consumption and Quality during Shortages and Dry seasons.

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How does your idea apply new technologies to make agriculture and water systems more resilient in the face of climate threats?

Use of sensors to monitor Water Storage Facilities, that will determine the Consumption and quality of water. Sensors are placed within pipes at source or buffer area outlets and inlets into home tanks or community tanks that will determine

Leveraging on Technology to Increase Efficiency in monitoring water storage Resources (tanks), Consumption and Quality of water during  Shortages or Dry seasons and relaying the information in real-time.

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

Prototyping the project to test it out in a small scale among farmers and having a collective means of collecting and storing water then deploying it to large scale farmers

We are excited to learn about ideas at diverse stages of development. At what stage would you currently classify your idea as? (multiple choice)

  • Research & Early Testing: I am exploring my idea, gathering the inspiration and information I need to test it with real users.
  • Prototyping: I have done some small tests or experiments with prospective users to continue developing my idea.

How do you plan to grow or scale this idea?

Installing the Monitoring sensors at various water storage facilities used by farmers in certain parts of the country that are experiencing water shortages and studying how the data impacts them

What skills, input or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

More Technological and Engineering input to the design to scale it on large scale farms and irrigation schemes.

This idea emerged from:

My home Country Kenya,being an agricultural economy, has been experiencing severe drought. This has had a significant effect on our economy as it is heavily dependant on farm produce to feed its population and to carry out trade. Farmers have been directly affected by the Lack of rain causing severe water shortages because of water rationing in both rural and urban. My idea to come up with an efficient water monitoring system to well monitor water consumption and adjust usage and good usage.

Tell us about your work experience:

I am an Civil Engineering Student passionate about building products that impact communities and better lives. I've worked on joint IoT projects involving mini-trackers to track goods and items. carried out agricultural and environmental projects and finding more effective ways to collect, conserve and connect people in rural areas with water.

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Photo of Clare Sewell

Hi Mutuma, you might want to connect with HydroIQ they're based in Nairobi and use sensors for water utilities - there could be nice overlap. Let me know if you'd like an intro,