Hurricane Maria in September of 2017, our process of research and discovery started with in-situ field studies and observations by team members living in Puerto Rico. The team focused on the problem of water access and security that still plagues many areas within Puerto Rico, years after Maria.
After a natural or humanitarian disaster occurs, access to potable water can be threatened, forcing people to drink contaminated water and often suffer severe consequences. Contamination can come from agriculture, industry, human waste, contact with sewage and many other sources. Many of these sources are exposed when flooding occurs, and can leech contaminates into drinking water sources. This makes access to clean water difficult in areas susceptible to flooding. Lack of access to clean water is also a persistent issue in much of the developing world, not just in areas vulnerable to extreme flood events.
Intended to address this chronic issue, DropIt assists users in obtaining a safe, reliable answer to the question that plagues these communities:
Is this water safe to drink?