Some 780 million people lack access to clean water, according to the World Bank. As the global population swells and urban migration intensifies, water utilities will be under increasing pressure to make every drop count. Yet delivering water to people in remote regions and peri-urban areas presents distinct challenges. Poor maintenance has resulted in an estimated 50,000 water supply points failing in rural Africa alone. Meanwhile, a lack of visibility over water consumption in developing countries exposes water companies to commercial losses of up to $2.6bn per year.
Harnessing the power of mobile technology to help people access clean water and pay for it efficiently could play a major role in tackling these challenges. This is particularly true in Africa, where an explosion of mobile money platforms has seen people increasingly paying for goods and services with their mobile phones.
Grundfos Lifelink water dispensers take the form of standalone kiosks in urban areas (where they tap into the main water supply) or communal water points and mini-grids in off-grid areas (drawing water from the ground through solar-powered pumps, for example). To collect water, people.
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