A new technology is being unveiled today that monitors water quality. FLOW, as it is known, is the brainchild of Ned Breslin, the CEO of Water For People, a non-profit dedicated to improving the quality of water and sanitation in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
The first technology of its kind, FLOW (Field Level Operations Watch) is an Android mobile phone app that captures data on water points and sanitation projects in 11 different countries. The data is automatically uploaded to Google Earth so it is free and available for anyone to see and use.
The two big gamebreakers for FLOW, Breslin says, is that it compiles the data collected and it tracks information — anyone with a phone can upload data to it.
By being able to monitor and troubleshoot water sources and sanitation projects Breslin hopes that FLOW will have a long-term impact on these communities where clean, drinkable water is much more scarce. The data and analysis from FLOW is meant to help domestic governments, NGOs and UN agencies provide and maintain sustainable sources of water. Right now, Breslin says, there are too many water projects that fall apart all the time.