mWater Surveyor App
mWater is an application to map water sources and sanitation facilities.
The mWater Explorer Mobile App allows users to map water sources and sanitation facilities and report functionality, water quality, or sanitary inspection reports using standard forms. The App allows the user to test a water source, take a picture of the results, and upload them to an online database for other users to see and use. The app uses GPS to show the location of the uploaded information, and broadcasts it onto a global map available within the application itself.
The mWater App is integrated with the mWater test kit – a single-use water quality test kit.
Traditional monitoring and evaluation practices such as direct surveying and reporting
Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation
Development practitioners and community health workers responsible for inspecting and reporting on the sanitary conditions of a water sources and updating the infrastructure functional status.
Over 40,000 mWater free users worldwide
Connectivity requirement for the product/service to work.(Mobile Internet, SMS, voice, Other)
(bluethooth, Wifi, camera, IVR, GPS, Accelerometers/Motion sensors, physiologic biosensors, biometric identifiers, SIM, Memory card (e.g microSD), other [specify])
Can the product/service work offline?
Is the product/service able to receive and send back information to the user?
Ability to send and receive content
Usage rate for the app/voice-SMS service – Rates of user vs downloads
Rates of user vs downloads/subscriptions – Compliance rate for the mAg service
Support according to the literacy level required from the user. If no, the user is intended to be literate
Operating System required and Software version (Android, IOs, Windows, or other [specify])
Specify the application that serves the improvement of water access (Education and behavior change, human resource management, decision support, data collection & analytics, Monitoring & evaluation, mapping, other)
The mWater Explorer App is a lightweight app that allows users to upload data such as photos of water quality tests (5 MP autofocus camera minimum) via standard forms that can be linked to water points or sanitation facilities using their phone’s GPS to identify the exact location. The data are mapped and stored in the mWater cloud-based global water database.
mWater Explorer surveys meet international standards for monitoring water points and sanitation facilities. The data are compatible with many water quality tests, with the WPDx registry, and with the sub-targets for Sustainable Development Goal 6.
Users are able to decide how much data to share; water points and updates can be public or private. The app has a ‘plug-and-play interface’, so users can download the app, make an account, and begin entering data.
In general, Android phones need to run version 4.4 or newer. mWater provides a Knowledge Base which includes review of various devices for use with the mWater app for mobile data collection.
The mWater Explorer Mobile App:
• works online, offline, or on poor quality internet connections
• displays the geographic location of user entered sites
• allows users to view the complete history of public updates at a particular site, or add their own update
• view mapped data as a visual map or a list of sites ordered by nearness to the user
mWater holds the world biggest open source WASH portal, working with over 7000 NGOs, different government agencies, communities, and researchers actively using the platform in 59 countries. On average, 20,000 surveys are submitted per month.
mWater Explorer App is tested by users and mWater partnering organizations which include: USAID, Water.org, WaterAid International, WaterAid Australia, Millennium Water Alliance, The Water Trust, charity: water, The Water Project, Riverkeeper, Earth Echo, and UN HABITAT.
mWater’s testing kits and software application are complimentary to each other.
mWater Explorer surveys meet international standards for monitoring water points and sanitation facilities. The data are compatible with many water quality tests and with the WPDx registry.
This app also has a web portal
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