As we celebrate World Water Day, we consider the lack of access to safe and affordable water – a dangerous reality for billions across the world. It has a damaging effect on not only the health of billions of people but also on many aspects of their lives. With climate change comes droughts, floods and scarcity of water, bringing with it social and economic devastation. For example, clean water and sanitation is an important factor in reaching equity amongst gender.
By 2030, the UN aims to achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water and adequate sanitation and hygiene for all. To reach these targets, it is vital that businesses create and achieve their own targets for water consumption to help make a positive change. Unfortunately, many of these targets are not being met.
Using the power of data to make a positive change
In data-driven world, data science allows us to harness the power of data to make positive change. It can be used in several ways to improve water quality and water consumption around the world:
- The innovation of machine learning can be used to improve the way in which water is collected and transported to reduce CO2 emissions. Moreover, it can be used to improve the treatment and utilization of water.
- Real-time monitoring gives communities the power to ensure water is safe to drink while saving on resources.
- Data analysis allows predictions to be made about the quality of water given a number of factors like weather and pollution. This allows for better planning when it comes to supplying clean drinking water to those in need.
- Identification of water supply issues can be significant in preventing the spread of diseases through water supplies.
Mango realises the importance of using data to help other businesses bring positive change to the world. Data science can be used to inform businesses on their water targets and make steps towards reaching them. As well as harnessing data, it is equally important to involve stakeholders in decision making to identify, understand and overcome water challenges.
Reducing water waste
Water waste is a problem that many businesses face, with more than 25% of water wasted being due to leaks. This can be significantly reduced through the use of data science and in turn help businesses reduce their water consumption.
One company, i20, provides smart network solutions designed to help water companies reduce their leaks and bursts, energy use and CO2 emissions. The company recognised that it was collecting a large amount of data but were not harnessing it. Mango were able to not only help i20 realise their data capabilities but develop a solution that greatly improved the performance of their smart network solutions, leading them into the world of AI and data analytics. This has enabled water companies to shift to conditional based maintenance and reduce the number of water leaks. One client reduced leakage by 15% in the north of their city within 2 weeks of using the solution.
Data science is a powerful tool which can be used to inform businesses and improve their water consumption as well as having world-wide applications in reaching the UN targets of providing clean, accessible water to all.
Find out more about how Mango has helped i2o harness their data.