2011  Finalist




“Will I get water today?” In almost all of the cities in South Asia and at least a third of those in the rest of Asia, Africa, and Latin America, families face this question every day. These millions of households have a piped water supply; however, water is only available through these pipes for a few hours at unpredictable intervals. NextDrop leverages the recent proliferation of mobile phones in India to provide households with accurate and timely information about local piped water delivery, while also enabling water utilities to access real-time information about the status of their distribution system. The organization will be able to inexpensively and profitably provide this information to households by partnering with two key players who target similar customers and would benefit substantially from partnership: water utilities and consumer goods corporations.