Who we are

Team: Future Aqueos Project: Aqua Save

Inspiration

How long will users monitor their water usage if we ask them to? We explored ways to motivate people to conserve water. With news about cryptocurrency, we thought of investment strategies to incorporate with water conservation to give people an incentive to save water. We wanted to incorporate greywater redistribution, be part of Microsoft's Water positive initiative 2030 and uses Raspberry Pi Hardware, and the capabilities to connect with other hardware and IoT services.

What it does

Our goal is to make clean drinking water available to communities and reduce water consumption and cost by motivating people to help conserve water and improve sustainable practices.

Incorporating the Return on investment (ROI) strategy, AquaSave motivates users and provides the ability to monitor their water consumption, the quality of the water, monitor the life of the filters used to recycle water, and the redistribution of water (Future Model). The system communicates real-time information to the Azure hub and then to the users and the city (Water utility) which can help better plan their dynamic water distribution system. All this information can be viewed at a city level Dashboard.

For our project, we chose to focus on the individual user who monitors his information on a mobile app. In this model, we show the approximate level of installation in the house and the Rasberry pie, ADC converter and TDS meter used to detect the water contamination level.

Our app, AquaSave focuses on providing users with the date and on-demand information regarding their water consumption. It also focused on motivating users to save and reuse water without being overwhelmed and needing to reinvent the wheel.

In the app, the Usage chart feature provides users with the water consumption information in gallons and the projected monthly bill. The saving suggestions feature is an intelligent AI feature that gives real-time water-saving suggestions to the users to reduce their bill total. The Away mode- allows users to notify the city when they are away. This allows the city to anticipate how much water they need to allow into the system. Water wars is a fun feature that allows certain residents or neighborhoods to compete with each other on water-saving goals motivating them to become "the best dweller".

Overall the idea is to share this information with the user and the city to help everyone to make smarter water consumption and distribution choices.

This information is shared with the user and the. . the information a user would generate. Our proposed system will monitor water quality and quantity used in a house. Using the power of the Azure Hub and IoT connected sensors placed throughout a house, information will communicate with the Azure Hub to share real-time data to both the city and residential level user.

How we built it

We built our front end on the Android platform using java and our backend in Python. With the concept of Using a Raspberry Pi to connect with a TDS sensor and Ph Sensor. The simulated data runs continuously and is pushed to the Azure hub through python and can be seen as numbers and graphs. Then, this data is communicated to .APK file which would be our app.

In the future, this model can be scalable as every home gets its own information and the city can gather data from all the households and manage an intelligent dynamic city plan.

Challenges we ran into

Connecting the sensors to the Azure IoT hub was challenging, however, we did achieve connecting them! Connecting the backend to the front end was a little challenging and we are that with just a little more time, we can do it! We take on too much scope to deliver the product.

Accomplishments that we’re proud of

Working with designer and developers front end and back end to communicate the idea and pull it all together and produce an outcome. Through our product, we can potentially impact millions of people through a well-thought-out plan and implementation. Our product looks to make living a sustainable life achievable.

What we learned

We learned that it takes a whole group of experts to bring a product and project to life. We learned that everyone can bring an array of expertise that we can all learn from and build upon. We learned that the services that Azure provides are wide-ranging and there are so many ways to connect and build thoughtful products for the future of the way we communicate to work and everything in-between.

What’s next for AquaSave

Continue to develop and debug sensors, learn more about the inner workings of home plumbing systems. Build out a product plan and further develop the concept into a viable product that can be installed and works on its own.

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