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USAID Invests in Open-Source Mobile Tech for Water Sanitation Monitoring

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A non-profit tech startup, mWater has created an app for mobile phone users to instantly test and analyze water quality from local sources and share this information on their global, open-source water monitoring database.


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Wednesday August 28, 2013, 9:28 am
I'd be careful about getting into bed with these guys. It's a good program but I will stick with Water.Org through Plan International.

Kit B (276)
Wednesday August 28, 2013, 9:35 am

"A market based solution....." Though the current price is about $5.00 per kit for on the ground testing and this approach uses an app, I am concerned about how many people can afford this. We do need to find a source that can test water and then make it safe for drinking but when profit is involved how are we helping?

Tamara Hayes (185)
Wednesday August 28, 2013, 10:26 am
I agree with Kit. Not everyone can afford these apps and with profit being the motivator, it just doesn't feel right. Thanks hon.

JL A (281)
Wednesday August 28, 2013, 11:00 am
This is a non-profit agency so they'd lose the contract if they made a profit.
You are welcome Tamara.

JL A (281)
Wednesday August 28, 2013, 11:09 am
Thanks for identifying another group doing good work for water safety and sharing with us Michael.

Kit B (276)
Wednesday August 28, 2013, 11:23 am

The young entrepreneurs of mWater:

The mWater Team

Annie Feighery, co-founder and CEO
Clayton Grassick, co-founder and CTO
John Feighery, co-founder and COO

I laud the efforts but have to ask how this enterprise makes enough money to pay these bright, young, full time
executive officers if this is a fully non-profit endeavor?

Tamara Hayes (185)
Wednesday August 28, 2013, 11:25 am
I completely missed the entire point of this post, I am sorry Judi. After reading it over, I do think it has a lot of potential and I do think this idea has very good merit. It certainly is worth having and being able to access immediately when ever your in doubt about your water quality, which seems to be just about everywhere. I like the idea that they want to put themselves out of business. That would equal 100% success and drastically reduce loss of life from contaminated water. I don't know what article I was reading before lol. I am a knucklehead. Thanks for grabbing my attention again and bringing me back to earth lol.

JL A (281)
Wednesday August 28, 2013, 11:34 am
You cannot currently send a star to Tamara because you have done so within the last day.

I suspect their long range goal may be to be the go-to organization for consultation to solve problems and provide expert testimony in court, etc. using the mega data they have collected from this part of their work--which sounds like a win-win to me.

Kit B (276)
Wednesday August 28, 2013, 11:39 am

That sounds good, but they are the group that designed this app and designed many innovated ideas for NASA, so they must make money some how. We sure do need water testing and treatment to be affordable and portable to be able to reach those in most need.

JL A (281)
Wednesday August 28, 2013, 11:41 am
Perhaps they have so much money coming in from prior patents they no longer need an income from current work?

Theodore Shayne (56)
Wednesday August 28, 2013, 4:31 pm
I like myself. Be careful with USAID. They work at times for the CIA.

Jane Williams (165)
Wednesday August 28, 2013, 8:44 pm

Lily Robinson (2)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 12:02 am
Very cool!

JL A (281)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 9:06 am
You cannot currently send a star to Lily because you have done so within the last day.

Patricia H. (440)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 11:32 am

Roger G (148)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 3:28 pm
noted, thanks

JL A (281)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 4:44 pm
You are welcome Roger

Birgit W (160)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 5:29 pm

JL A (281)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 7:01 pm
You are welcome Birgit.
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