Mobile Data: How Phones Help Keep The Water Flowing

Zarah Rahman | National Geographic | February 13, 2013

We often don’t associate the problem of water scarcity with mobile phones but, as Zarah Rahman of the Aquaya Institute explains, water is about much more than turning on a tap. Helping people in the developing world access safe water requires not just H2O but information – in order to monitor cleanliness, distribution, infrastructure – in short, everything about the way we manage our most precious resource. And it’s the humble mobile, as Zarah details below, which provides the network keeping the information, and the water, flowing.

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