Theoretically, let's say that you’re a resident of drought-ravaged California doing everything you can at home to limit your personal water footprint. You’ve put the kibosh on luxuriously extended showers, half-full loads of laundry, unchecked lawn watering sessions, and leaky faucets. You’re paying close mind to and dutifully observing local and statewide water usage restrictions.
Yet, despite your own vigilance, you continue to observe egregious instances of water wastage all around you: a broken bubbler at the local park, a gushing hydrant, a non-residential sprinkler system running 24/7, a neighbor who spends 40 minutes clearing off his driveway with a hose each and every morning while his perfectly hideous front yard water feature babbles and burbles away. Not only is this maddening but it can also make you feel powerless — you’re doing all you can but how can you help make a change in the community around you?
Meet Everydrop LA, a new and free-to-download smartphone app for Android and iOS brought to you by the folks at CitySourced, a lauded “real time mobile civil engagement tool” that enables citizens to identify and report non-emergency issues such as potholes, illegal dumped trash, and graffiti.
As CitySourced’s soggy sibling, Everydrop LA puts a crowdsourced spin on water conservation in particularly parched Southern California. Essentially, it’s a smartphone-centric, citizens on patrol-esque means of identifying and reporting sources of wasted water that allows ordinary citizens to play the role of water cops (and neighborhood snitches, if it comes down to it).
In addition to enabling Los Angelenos to identify and report water waste directly to the appropriate channels, Everydrop LA’s mapping platform allows users to view instances of wasted water around them and also receive alerts about local leaks and the like.
Of course, Everydrop LA doesn’t just provide smartphone-savvy citizens with a feel-goody stewardship role — it serves as a huge boon for local water utilities considering that it puts hundreds — even thousands — of new pairs of probing eyes on the streets:
By enabling the EveryDrop platform, cities and counties can put the power of the crowd to work for them. Water waste can be identified quickly, allowing conservation of every drop possible. By using our platform, in conjunction with Esri’s GIS technology, the power of big data comes alive. Water waste can now be isolated, quantified and studied. Education is tantamount in the effort to conserve water, and with the help of EveryDrop it’s easier than ever. We have an obligation to be good stewards of our planet’s resources, and EveryDrop helps in accomplishing that goal.
Intrigued? iPhone users can download Everydrop LA here while Android users can do their part by helping to conserving water in their own communities by clicking here. And for California residents who would rather focus on curbing water wastage in their homes before
narcing on the neighbors hitting the streets, the new DropCountr app which helps to detect leaks and other sources of wasted water by allowing consumers to access current water usage data could prove to be an invaluable tool in both the money- and natural resource-saving departments.
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