COVID-19 crisis has taught everyone globally about social distancing, self-isolation, washing hands and/or sanitizing and staying home becoming the new normal. As countries around the world put plans in place to cope with the COVID-19 outbreak, most of us are spending more time in our homes through social distancing. Utilities and more specifically water have been so much affected through overspending or dramatic changes in demand as everyone is expected to wash hands to keep safe.
Water Consumption patterns in growing African cites are predicted to be more like weekends than a regular working week during social distancing measures. Water crisis is still a big menace in major municipalities and cities across the continent with lack of data to help water service providers balance the grid to the populations working remotely and spending almost most of their time at home and those who still visit public places having to use hand washing stations.
There is a sizable part of the workforce who cannot work from home. Often, these workers rely both on weekly or daily payments and still struggle to pay their utility bills during the crisis. To date, water utilities are struggling to deal with little information to predict the usage patterns to help manage water consumption trends. Usage patterns may well be less predictable during weekdays than on regular weekends.
But crisis moments present even a bigger opportunity to Hydrologistics Africa Ltd (HydroIQ) through application of its smart metering technologies for a connected water grid. At HydroIQ, we collect as much data as possible with our sensors and apply data analytics and AI. We gather insights that depict the challenge of strained water usage patterns and get to determine when and how best the services can be offered to the end consumers. This allows us to obtain a record of water supply information.