According to a report, there’s been an increase in rain in the Western Cape, which is the province where the country’s water misfortunes happen a lot. As per some scientists, there is a cyclic pattern that repeats every 220 years of 10 dry years. Currently, we are in the 7th year of this cycle.
This has a huge impact, and it shows that the drought faces parts of the Northern Cape, Eastern Cape, North West, and Free State, and it also has water restrictions in other provinces. The very high price of living is putting the South African households under a lot of pressure to save as much money as they can.
IoT (the Internet of Things) allows companies, body corporates, facility managers, municipalities and individual consumers to screen their consumption of water and detect the leaks before they get to the point where they need to pay a lot of money. It gives them real-time visibility of their water usage, as well, so they can change how much water they’re using before they have to pay the money.
The sustainability of the water resources in South Africa has become everyone’s problem, as said by the Chief Strategy Officer at Ontec Systems, whose name is Dhasi Naidoo. There are many reasons why this problem is so important. So for those companies which use a lot of water, it’s crucial to have a near real-time view of their consumption situation, in case they need to lower the volume of water used in this economic climate.
Who should be responsible for monitoring water usage?
There’s also the promulgation of the Water Amendment By-Law in the Western Cape. From July 2018, that shows that the responsibility of monitoring water consumption stays on the body corporates and the managers of facilities.
Henry Lares is still early into his career as tech reporter but has already had his work published in many major publications including Tech Crunch and the Huffington Post. In regards to academics, Henry earned an engineering degree from Apex Technical School. Henry has a passion for emerging technology and covers upcoming products and breakthroughs in science and tech.