WA:Intelligent Water Management System

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The India Mark II pumps have widespread use in developing Africa. Upon the completion of our project, the many rural users of the India Mark II pumps would have a system set up that automatically informs pump technicians of current or ensuing problems. Such a system would help avoid situations where villages are without water for days – while people travel to get a pump technician to fix the problem – by wirelessly notifying the pump technician if there has been a failure, or if there will likely be a failure. These advances would improve the reliability of rural water supply systems and promote the likelihood of acceptance among villages that have yet to receive a handpump. Many failures may be avoided through routine maintenance. Minor failures, when not properly addressed, propagate more costly failures in the future. Rural community members often do not report problems until there is a critical failure. Catching problems early via IWMS would prevent more costly repairs. Water resource planners and hydrologists would benefit from daily water extraction data from well sites. They would be able to analyze aquifer extraction and recharge, the impact of weather events on aquifers, and – when networked among many sites – hydraulic trends throughout extensive regions.

Mission Statement

This project aims to design a system that is able to sense the status of an India Mark II handpump and wirelessly relay this status to a website that can be viewed by pump technicians, project managers, hydrologists and donors, so that they are able to make timely and well informed decisions regarding their water security activities.

Goals

  1. Migrate code for each of our sensors to PIC24
  2. Finish design of water presence sensor
  3. Design enclosures for sensors
  4. Interface the microcontroller system with the GSM module.
  5. Design power supply
  6. Design data analysis procedures

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History

The research phase of this project began in the fall of 2012

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Documentation

File:APSIS Project Management document 2012-13.doc

Annual planning form 2012-13


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