Clean water is an important part of life in which we often do not give a lot of thought. One example would be that a lot of people are not aware of the unique challenges in providing and maintaining the infrastructure needed to provide clean water. In Japan, key water mains are serviced and rebuilt every ten years, but this would be extremely challenging to do in the United Kingdom. One solution to this would be to implement multiple technologies such as mobile money, the internet, and near-field communication to manage a low-cost source of clean water. An example of this technology would be the implementation of smart card readers and solar-powered electronic valves. These systems could be shared among multiple families, and the cost for the end user could be as low as $2.50 per person per year.

Key Takeaways:

  • more than 20 per cent of abstracted and treated water is lost from leaking mains
  • Technology will help improve distribution and management of this precious resource.
  • There is a danger that Authorities will control Water and focus only on profits.

“Successful management of water depends on people around the world realising what a precious and limited resource it is”

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