Interesting satellite water monitoring application highlighted over at ReachBeyond.org, which improves efficiency, reduces site visits and helps people in need.
The system uses satellite technology to “enable quicker detection of maintenance issues and to save unnecessary travel time and expense for local mechanics and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) by eliminating the need to check on fully functioning pumps in person.”
Besides detecting equipment issues, “the monitoring system will enable missionaries to answer questions such as, How does the community use the water? When do they use it most? Does the system keep up with demand?”
The article outlines the benefits of using satellite for this type of remote monitoring application, and presents a staggering statistic from a 2009 report by the Rural Water Supply Network, which states that approximately 35 per cent of water well hand pumps in Africa were out of service. It’s one of many examples where satellite can play a role in keeping equipment up and running, which can in turn help avoid serious health impacts such as disease, infant mortality and more.