Best Ideas 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
emita - A Cloud Based Water Utility Information Management System
Explain your idea in details:
Goal No. 6 of the Sustainable Development Goals focuses to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. At the core of achieving the goal are the water utilities whose ability in the developing countries is under-capacitated. Activities in any water utility are pegged around four main components of the system: Catchment and source, Treatment, Storage and Distribution, and Consumer points. Critical to the utility management are storage, distribution of safe and clean water free from contamination, and accounting for the water supplied. More often than not, the treatments systems are perfectly designed to remove all the possible contaminants. However, most of the water supply distribution systems are marred by frequent burst, intermitted water supply and illegal connections; probable avenues for contamination. Meter reading, a key aspect of revenue collection takes a paper approach which introduces two possible sources of eras. emita is a cloud-based water utility information and decision management solution suite consisting of semi-automated meter reading with field workforce applications, automated leak detection and real-time water quality monitoring, and a platform that allows effortless administration of utility activities including customer management channels. The solution aims at ensuring sustainable management of water utilities irrespective of the size and thus promoting efficient and service the delivery through the adoption of mobile, sensor and cloud technology. Therefore, emita is premeditated to transform the water utility industry in the sub-saharan Africa with an affordable one solution to maximize effectiveness and high revenues while ensuring safety of the customers.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Improve efficiency in water utility management through automation of activities emita Decision support and information management system is a suite that consists of fieldwork force applications, an online service platform that intended to allow for effortless administrations. We intend automated the functioning of 100 utilities in Kenya with an affordable emita one-stop solution. Measure to Evaluates Success No of utilities reached and the level of satisfaction of each utility using the system. Employment Creation With the rate of un-employment rising due to high number of highly qualified and talented graduates channeled into the job market, HydroIntel Africa Limited believes that innovation has potential to change the situation. Currently, the project has attached 5 no. developers all under 30 years of age. It envisaged that the project will be able to employ atleast 15 youths between 25 and 35 years. Our annual employment rate as project by the growth of emita usage is 10 employees per year. Measure to evaluate success No. of persons employed in relation to the projected and envisaged rate. Improved water quality and reduced water related diseases There have been cases in the recent past of out-break water borne related diseases. Some these cases have been attributed to contamination treated drinking water along the distribution systems. With a remote water quality monitoring system, we intent to reduce to 0%. Measure to evaluate success No. of water related diseases reported in the utilities using the emita system.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
The project is currently in the proof of concept stage. emita implementation plan has been design to run through proof of concept, testing and positioning for scale. We are currently proofing the concept after which we shall proceed to testing and finally positioning for scale within our business model in the context of Kenyan Utilities Environment. The pilot project implementation is 12 months into phases of 6 months each. Proof of Concept Preparation of Project Concept Documents Development of the Web app (Dashboard) Development of the Mobile apps (Technicians and Customers) Assemble IoT infrastructure for Remote Water Quality Monitoring Assemble IoT Infrastructure for Automated Leak Detection Test and Positioning for Scale Inventory Survey for Pilot Water Utilities and Database Creation Launch of Web and Mobile Apps - Implementation of meter reading, billing and customer feedback functionality Implementation for the Automated Leak Detection for Unaccounted for Water Functionality Implementation of Remote Water Quality Monitoring System Phases 1 and 2 finalizations, Review and Development of the Scaling Plan The sources of revenue from the system shall be through: Web-based software sale and system set-up, Sale of the assembled IoT infrastructure and System maintenance and automated report generation and interpretation. This is expected to sustain the project beyond the development phase. Currently, the project finance is through funds pool drive by the start-up founders. Due to limited finance available, the implementation of the 1st two critical phases have been lagging. We are currently looking for external funding to support the idea development either as a grant or inform of equity. There collaborators in the project currently. The test of proof is solely done by HydroIntel Africa Limited. However, we intent to engage two water utilities as collaborators in the system testing and positioning for scaling.
Mr. Sospeter Wekesa is a Water Resources Engineer/Hydrologist with an interest in understanding the impacts of climate change and anthropogenic activities on water availability with a special focus on the SGD. No. 6. Sospeter has over 6 years of professional experience in hydrology and integrated water resources management in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda. Specifically, he has wide experience in modelling and assessing the hydrological impacts of water projects on the environment. Currently, Sospeter is Managing Director and Founder of HydroIntel Africa, A Kenyan Start-up focussing on innovation in the water sector. He is also a Research Assistant in the BRECcIA Project at the Hydrology and Remote Sensing Lab, Technical University of Kenya. Academically, Sospeter holds an MSc in Water Science and Engineering (with a specialization in hydrology and water resources) from IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, Netherlands and a BSc in Water Engineering from Kenyatta University, Kenya. (Age, 30 years).