E4C Webinars: Improving Water and Energy Service Delivery with IoT Solutions

Engineering For Change IoT, Low carbon solutions

Target Audience

Water practioners


Nearly 1 billion people in the world lack access to safe drinking water, 2 billion have inadequate sanitation facilities and 3 billion use firewood for their daily energy needs. Combined, these resource limitations are among the leading causes of death and economic and political insecurity.
Service providers try to address those problems by delivering clean water, sanitation and energy. In many developing countries, however, a gap remains between the quality of service that providers intend to deliver and the actual impact over time.
A combination of technologies may enable improved services, including in-situ “Internet of Things” (IoT) sensors that measure and report on service delivery and transmit reports. In this webinar, we look at the findings from a longitudinal cohort study of sensors on handpumps in Rwanda, and data from programs in Rwanda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Somali regions.

Learning Objectives

Join us to learn:

– How sensors have reduced repair time of handpumps in Rwanda

– How instruments on water filters and cookstoves monetize the impact through carbon credits

– How monitoring with sensors on boreholes can scale to impact millions of people in Sub-Saharan Africa


Evan Thomas, Associate Professor of Public Health and Mechanical Engineering at Portland State University and Oregon Health & Science University