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South African Analytics Company Just Knocked It Out The Park With Their Plans To Tackle Cape Town’s Drought


Their approach isn’t solely focused on water production, but on analysing why our water is so scarce. SAS is looking to fight the problem’s root causes rather than finding a solution that pumps more water into a failing system.

Burst pipes, water contamination, theft or misuse of water meters, and a lack of water-saving incentives are issues that the stats specialists believe can all be addressed by establishing a clear, coherent information database.

. Where’s the water?

Find the leaks, save the water. Find the thieves, save the water. The common theme for SAS is to deal with the problems we know we can address:

“Losses are better dealt with through analytical monitoring of water sources, treatment plants and distribution networks. Immediate benefits can come from the analysis and management of non-technical losses, specifically those related to consumer education, fair pricing and fraud prevention.”

. Combat Fraud

They are claiming that ‘water fraud’ is having a huge effect on Cape Town’s usage levels. Millions of litres of water a day are bypassing the government’s channels because meters are being tampered with, having an adverse effect on the city’s water capacity.

“For example, a household could be using 300 litres per day for an extended period of time. They could then switch to a prepaid system – where the government stop monitoring usage – allowing residents to only pay for 100l/pd despite consuming 300l/pd”

 

“Advanced analytics solutions run these models and calculations continuously and automatically, and can alert the municipality to any problems in real time.”

. Offer incentives

It’s also not just a case of ‘spying’ on the water abusers, however. SAPS are championing an incentive-based system that actually motivates consumers to conserve their resources.

They claim that the ‘threat-only’ model of deterring water use is simply counter-productive and that punishing everyone with restrictions isn’t a fair system:

“Rates are determined by type of usage – residential or commercial – and area – someone living in Clifton will pay more for water than someone living in Khayelitsha, for example.”

However, the Clifton resident could use less water than the Khayelitsha resident. By identifying responsible users through analytics, the government could reward them with lower rates than excessive users. This gives everyone an incentive to save water.”

The government must heed SAS’s suggestions to provide more reliable data. The analytics they propose really can lead to better resource management and an understanding of what problems are causing the most damage.

 

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