"The Unfiltered Project seeks to address the apparent lack of government accountability for the safety of public drinking water by unclouding the elusive information on both the regularity and the results of water quality tests in the public water system in their location. The Unfiltered Team believes in empowering citizens by making information on water testing more accessible to the public, as well as by decoding the policy jargon from government data sets into clear, transparent language."
What it does
The application does three things. First it gives you a map interface that highlights all the counties in each state. Clicking on the state will bring up the county's latest water quality test results. Next, the app allows users to search their specific county&state for its water quality test results. Lastly, the app provides links and resources to important water quality information links and also includes the link to obtain a free water testing kit through the NYC's government website.
How we built it
We used Android Studio along with the Fusion Table & Google Maps API to provide county and current location information. We also used SQL to organize the data sets and used Domain.com to host our website and mobile web pages for the application.
Challenges we ran into
Integrating the map into the application. Obtaining data from the USGS.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We were able to obtain data on every county in New York City.
What we learned
How to use Fusion-Table-APIs, Domain/Website creation, and Android Application creation
What's next for Unfiltered
Expanding data to on all states and counties and forecasting the risk of water-related diseases to people in contaminated regions. Making information more easily accessible to the public.