Mobile Networks may help to Maintain Crucial Water Supplies in Africa

Thompson et al (http://www.iwaponline.com/jh/up/jh2012183.htm) have devised data transmitters which will use mobile phone signals to automatically text engineers when hand-held pumps, vital for rural water supply in Africa, are broken.  They hope to shorten the average time water isn’t available due to a broken pump to less than 24 hours.

Despite the overall positive message, I couldn’t help but be saddened by the sentence “It is now estimated that more people in Sub-Saharan Africa have access to these networks than have access to improved water supplies.”

Full article here from the Matt McGrath at the BBC.