In water quality index, India ranks 120th amongst 122 countries! This is mainly due to 70 per cent of the country’s water is contaminated. As per NITI Aayog’s report, in India, 600 people face high to extreme water stress. Despite water being a scarce resource, 30-40 % of non-revenue water (NRW) is witnessed in cities like Bengaluru and Hyderabad. The loss of water is either due to leaks in the water supply network or is being tapped off illegally. Therefore, water which is already a scarcity in these cities, is majorly wasted.
Sustainable management of water resources is the need of the hour. In order to help the municipalities manage their water supply network, Gokul Krishna founded Smartterra, a solution to operate treatment of plants, manage distribution network and the various components of this vast network.
Smartterra is a water management platform to digitalise all the information in terms of operations, maintenance and quality. This platform helps in understanding the demand-supply gap, complaints, maintenance issues, challenges involves, quantity of water supplied in a particular neighbourhood, etc.
With advanced geospatial intelligence for municipalities to manage the full cycle of water distribution, Smartterra helps to track maintenance and predict failures to improve operational efficiency while improving environmental and citizen service outcomes.
It is build on a cloud-based model with water network-related demographic. A comprehensive analyses and information is provided by the metre. Smartterra, which is a part of the Hyderabad-based engine T-Hub’s flagship Lab 32 programme, has three apps, namely, AquaTasks, AquaPro and AquaSmart.
AquaTaks helps in maintaining tasks and citizen complaints over water and drainage network. One can manage and track the maintenance resources, workers and expenses too. It all ensures to help the municipality to reduce maintenance costs, predict network breakdowns and extend the life of the infrastructure.
While AquaPro is for the municipalities to log on to daily operational details such as quantity of pumped and stored water, water quality tests, water tankers dispatched, etc., AquaSmart is a publicly accessible published network analysis. With the help of AquaPro, municipalities can lessen NRW, ensure water quality and reduce downtime.
Krishna asserts that a lot of smaller cities, and towns, have yet to transition on the data gathering front. Transparency and equitable service of data is not available to the citizens. “The data is meticulously collected, but in paper registers, and there is no way that this data can be analysed immediately to help decision-making,” said Krishna.
Data from offline metres too can be logged in manually into the app. In terms of managing the water network, Smartterra plans to work on water processes in commercial as well as residential buildings.
The pilot will run in Sircilla district in Telangana, following Warangal and Karimnagar. Bagging the Urban Drinking Water Challenge (UDWC), a global innovation competition that grants up to $1,000,000 to startups, was the much-needed boost that lead to the inception of Smartterra. With an aim to become an urban water management solution, Smartterra plans to expand to 50 cities and towns and 100 commercial buildings in the coming 2-3 years.