Kenya Water Institute (KEWI) and Safaricom have come together to deploy a Smart Water System. The Smart Water system will pilot at KEWI’s Nairobi and Kitui campuses.
Additionally, the partnership will see a Smart Water curriculum developed for students at the institution. Deployment of the Smart Water System will offer practical training for the students.
Safaricom’s latest partnership aligns with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 6. The goal’s objective is to ensure the availability and sustainable management of clean water and sanitation for all.
Needless to say, this initiative will enhance the capacity of the Kenyan water sector.
“Safaricom is committed to its vision of being a purpose-led technology company by 2025. As part of this journey, we continue to partner with stakeholders to bring this vision to life. We recognize the importance of working with training institutions on relevant technology skills and onboarding the young generation in our Internet of Things (IoT) process as early as possible,” said Peter Ndegwa, Chief Executive Officer, of Safaricom.
Mandate for KEWI
The water institute’s main work is to develop the capacity of the Kenyan water sector. Furthermore, the institution runs short education programs to educate personnel in the water sector. Hence, they are the ideal partner for Safaricom to develop the Smart water system curriculum.
Smart Water Management entails leveraging the Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. The system will manage water extraction and processing. In addition, the smart system will manage the distribution, and consumption of water effectively.
Some of the advantages of using the system are real-time data collection and active monitoring of water systems offering leak detection and tampering.
Lastly, the system will effectively manage finances and will help in revenue collection and billing.
Ultimately, the smart system will see the users save on costs and offer services with efficiency.