Tag: water

by Anu Sridharan

In our last post on PBS Idea Lab, NextDrop, which informs residents in India via cell phone about the availability of piped water, was trying to scale up in a very short period of time. How did we fare? Well, I think we discovered the first step to winning: Just get good data about yourself. [...] more »

by Anu Sridharan

In January, we had 1,000 customers registered for NextDrop, which informs residents in India via cell phone about the availability of piped water. This month — just four months later — more than 25,000 people were subscribed to it. Ramping up in such a short period of time is challenging to say the least, but [...] more »

by Anu Sridharan

In places like the United States, we have access to more data than we ever know what to do with. We measure everything from what the average historical temperature is on a certain day for a city, to how good a restaurant is, to how much energy we consume. Because of this access, we base [...] more »

by Anu Sridharan

NextDrop’s first 15,000 customers have been primarily middle class families. However, we wanted to see if our solution could be used for people who use a public tap as well (i.e., they have no in home connection). Our service informs residents in India about the availability of piped water in order to help them lead [...] more »

by Ari Olmos

One year ago, when we were just a team of graduate students with a big idea, our teammate Thejo Kote came to Hubli, India and demoed a web-based dashboard to the executive engineer and commissioner here. The dashboard uses Google Maps to show the status of valves and other system components in real time, using [...] more »

by Ari Olmos

Starting a social enterprise is hard. As a startup, you face tremendous uncertainty. Your business is full of leaps of faith, fundamental ideas about your company that you hold but can’t yet prove. Paramount among these is the following: Customers will like the service we’re providing and will be willing to pay for it. NextDrop [...] more »

by Anu Sridharan

I knew something was wrong when I got 28 text messages from the NextDrop system at 9:02 a.m. on Sept. 28. All 28 messages were supposed to go out between the hours of 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. to our residents (giving the different areas advance notice of water arrival as well as real-time water [...] more »

by Anu Sridharan

This post was co-written by NextDrop’s Jessica Tsai and Madhusudhan B. NextDrop, which informs residents in India via cell phone about the availability of piped water, has been fortunate enough to have the full and sincere cooperation of Chandru, one of the best valvemen in Hubli. It’s incredibly helpful to work with someone so willing [...] more »

by Ari Olmos

In Western countries, we take it for granted that we have access to clean water 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. At our fingertips is water that is plentiful enough to run our washing machines, warm enough for a hot shower, and safe enough to drink. In much of the developing world, however, [...] more »