Drop Drop: The App that Helps South African Households Use Less Water
South Africa is currently experiencing one of the worst droughts to take place in the country over the last 45 years. In 2015, we received only 66% of our average annual rainfall. Now five provinces have been declared drought disaster areas, namely Mpumalanga, Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal, North West and the Free State.
Water shortages are a huge concern for any country as they stunt food supplies which in turn affects household food security. A rise in oceanic temperature in the South Pacific – otherwise known as El Niño – disrupting weather patterns across the globe as well as climate change are the main causes of the drought South Africa experiences today.
As the global need to reduce water consumption becomes more and more urgent, a number of innovative water-saving solutions have come to life including a super absorbent biodegradable polymer made from orange peels which saw its inventor, a 16-year-old South African by the name of Kiara Nirghin, win the Google Science Fair Community Impact Award last year.
In January 2017, another innovation emerged in the attempt to aid our current water crisis and that is Drop Drop – a mobile app that makes every drop of water count. Created by the Information for Community Services (iCOMMS) at the University of Cape Town, Drop Drop aims to help South African residents use water more responsibly – from tracking daily water usage to predicting monthly water bills and discovering more sustainable ways of saving water. It also provides information on who to contact regarding water problems and advice on how to reduce water consumption in your household by detecting leaks.
Right now Drop Drop is free to download but only for Android users. Apple lovers, hold tight though; plans are underway to roll-out the app for iPhones in the near future. Download the app now.