Researchers design ‘smart’ waterpumps for rural Africa

SciDev.Net: Researchers hope to harness mobile phone technology to improve water supplies in rural parts of Africa. A team from the University of Oxford, in the United Kingdom, proposes installing handpumps containing devices that automatically send text messages to local water engineers whenever pumps break down or dry up. The device, known as a waterpoint data transmitter, is fitted into handpump handles, and automatically monitors the number of strokes made when a pump is operated. This data, which......

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