The Issues Lack of safe water and adequate sanitation is the world’s single largest cause of illness, responsible for more than two million deaths every year. That’s four people every minute – most of them children. The global population is expected to reach nine billion by 2050. As global economic development spurs demand for more and better food and climate change increases the frequency of floods and droughts, the sustainable management of water is acquiring new urgency
Access to improved water and sanitation is generally a major challenge in Nigeria. Water and Sanitation coverage in Nigeria are amongst the lowest in the world. According to the 2008 report of the WHO/UNICEF JMP Joint Monitoring Programme, Nigeria is in the bottom 25 countries worldwide in terms of water and sanitation coverage. Nigeria, like several other sub Saharan African countries is not on track to reach the MDG targets of 75% coverage for improved drinking water and 63% coverage for improved sanitation by the year 2015. The Issues in Nigeria
If the present pattern of water coverage continues only 74.8 million out of the estimated 170million Nigerians will be using water from improved sources in 2015. This figure represents 52.7m people short of the MDG target. For sanitation, if Nigeria continues at the current rate, only 57.8 million out of the estimated 170million Nigerians people will have access to improved sanitation facilities in 2015. This represents 61.2 million people short of the MDG target for improved sanitation. The Issues in Nigeria
Climate change and population migration could put an additional 52 million people in the path of coastal flooding from storm surges in the next century, according to a report from the Center for Global Development. The report identified high-population, low-altitude, coastal cities like Lagos are particularly high risk of flooding with the rising seal levels Sanitation issues and blocked drainage channels have led to recent floods in Lagos and Ibadan in 2011. The Issues in Nigeria
The Intervention New ideas, open data and innovative instruments are needed to respond to this crisis. WaterHackathon aims to convene the community of software and water experts engaged in creating software solutions to water-related challenges. The WaterHackathon will culminate in a two-day marathon hacking event with multiple global locations on October 21 st to 23 rd 2011.
Our Target for Tonight 1. Understanding the issues with water in Nigeria 2. Identify challenges in the different areas of water that technology tools can be created to address 3. Brainstorming on the tools we want to create to address these challenges 4. Start forming the teams you will work with at WaterHackathon
At WaterHackathon Lagos 1. Developers, water experts and other users will build the prototype of tools to address the various challenges 2. The teams will also work out strategies to ensure adoption of the tools by relevant partners 3. Present their final work to a panel to include water experts. WaterHackathon Lagos starts on Friday 21 st of October from 9am at the CcHub.
Professor Lekan Oyebande Chairman, Technical Committee, West Africa Water Partnership presentation on Overview of the Water Sector in Nigeria
<ul><li>Water delivery measurement systems - software monitoring the amount of water delivered to houses </li></ul><ul><li>Water locator - tool to find the nearest sources of water based on location </li></ul><ul><li>Water census - a tool to determine how much water in Nigeria is govt provided and how much is self sourced and location </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile tool to crowdsource and track burst pipes and sources of leakages across our water distribution system </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile games to educate Nigerians on use of water </li></ul>After the presentation and Q & A session, the participants brainstorm challenges and technology solutions for the Hackathon. Solutions suggested include: The Challenges/Solutions
<ul><li>Mobile application to send alerts on bad drainages that are likely to contribute to flooding </li></ul><ul><li>Sensors that can be tracked to show quality of water at different parts of the network. This would be an early warning system for contaminants </li></ul><ul><li>Programme to recycle water with government support </li></ul><ul><li>Water policing - mobile system for naming and shaming companies whose packaging clog drainages the most </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile system to facilitate sharing of water sources for people with boreholes </li></ul>The Challenges/Solutions
Thank you and look forward to seeing you at WaterHackathon Lagos Co-Creation Hub Nigeria [email_address] +234(0) 813 624 1976 www.cchubnigeria.com http://whlagos.eventbrite.com/