Europe is leading the battle to salvage the limited water resources around the world. In an attempt to solve the global water crisis, scientists from Loughborough University have developed a new tablet and smartphone app – tApp – that helps analyze domestic water use.
This app is meant to ameliorate patterns of water usage in domestic situations. The app was crafted by Dr. Lili Yang and her team of scientists working at the Department of Computer Science in Loughborough University.
The app can help decrease domestic water bills by up to 20 percent, according to Dr. Yang. The app will enable homeowners to monitor water usage of each water device individually, and send the measurements wirelessly to their smart device. These devices can be kettles, washing machines, dishwashers, showers and taps.
Currently the app is a prototype, and is not yet available to consumers. The prototype named tApp is an amalgamation of mobile technology and wireless infrastructure and utilizes sensors attached to water appliances to gather data on water use.
This three-year project named ISS-EWATUS, costs over $2.47 million and is funded by the European Union. The aim of this project is to tackle the global water crisis which will become one of the top three major global issues in the next 10 years, followed by weapons of mass destruction and global warming being other.
Other universities are contributing to the massive project as well in their own merit. University of Silesia, in Poland, University Pablo de Olavide Seville and Brunel University have also conducted different studies to better tackle the water shortage calamity.
These included social media campaigns, waste cost calculation, and water leakage detection.
Two water companies, from Greece and Poland, are following the results of this study and trying to incorporate it in their own plans. .
Dr. Wang said proudly, “Assisted by our innovative, low cost and wireless sensing device – and the smartphone and tablet app – the pilot trial results in Poland and Greece show that every participating household expects to save up to 20% water consumption.”
She further added, “If it is widely accepted by communities then it will help tackle the world water problems.”This contingency plan will also help generate discussion on online forums about any problems faced by users, who will be guided by other people as well as experts.
The website will serve as online presence as well as help users understand the data that will be collected. Users will also be guided on the amount they are saving.
Global Water Crisis Is A Silent Emergency
More than 1.2 billion people across the world do not have access to safe drinking water. Water shortage is a high priority issue and needs to be solved quickly.
Human race uses over nine trillion cubic meters of water annually.
One of the main reasons of water shortage is mismanagement of resources, according to the United Nations Development Programme. UN believes most countries have access to ample water to meet needs of industries, agriculture, and households. However, they do not have enough resources to provide clean water.
Other reasons for water scarcity include global warming, decreased rainfall, and overuse/wastage of clean water. Not only does water shortage affect global population, it also affects natural resources such as lakes, wetlands, rivers and canals.
Wastage and overuse of water also impacts aquatic life, increases salt content of seas, decreases water levels of rivers and causese death of precious marine creatures.
Los Angeles has faced a shortage of water for quite some time now, primarily due to an extremely scarce rainfall conditions. Whereas the state of Michigan had to rely on Flint River for domestic water needs which had enormously high lead levels due to toxic dumps and industrial waste.
Technology Can Save Humanity from Water Crisis
It is true when they say that technology is both the destruction and savior of man. With inventions such as the water purifier bottle known as lifesaver, which cleans 99.99% of bacteria and viruses, humanity might be salvaged after all.
Other amazing inventions include leak detectors, solar-powered water purifiers and eco-friendly CO2 removers.
Solar-powered water purifiers rely on solar energy to clean water, by harnessing sun’s ultraviolet rays to clean water using purifying properties of oxide compounds such as zinc oxide and titanium oxide.
Leak detectors work similarly to TApp as they help detect leaks in pipelines using software, before they reach users’ homes. While ecofriendly CO2 removers have strong application in various industries, as a replacement for water.
CO2 removers depend on ice particles to clean different surfaces, and they are totally recyclable so they are eco-friendly.
Therefore things aren’t all bad, maybe humanity might be saved after all.