Water systems lack the technology to incentivize responsible and effective use of water.
Access to water is considered a human right by the United Nations, however water delivery in low-income countries is fraught with challenges.
within Haiti as an example, poor spatial knowledge of existing water delivery points leads to inefficient coordination between NGOs attempting to tackle the issue. In addition, once installed, the cost to NGOs to keep a presence capable of taking care of the water pump can up to 3x the cost of installation, leaving many pumps becoming unusable over time. The burden of repair often falls to volunteer labor from village beneficiaries, but individuals lack consistent incentives to do so.
As pumps fall into disrepair and corruption scandals rock donor confidence in AID delivery in Haiti, a gap exists to create transparent records of water service points and improve incentives for local ownership of repair.
For those who do have access to water there are no incentives for saving water or sharing technology. For farmers using irrigation in water-scarce areas, incentivized cooperative use brings obvious mutual benefits, benefits to water providers, and by deduction to the region as a whole.
For farmers who need to access the financing for pump technology to irrigate highly productive land plots. With high cash yields, such as onions and tomatoes, converting to cash within 2 months, there is a strong need for technologies that can enable financing over-time in relation to use.
We propose to build system to track and record water usage on the blockchain to enable water providers and social enterprises to tackle each of these challenges through intelligent incentivization programs.