The GIS SaaS company partners with U.S. water districts to donate equipment to water regions in the Philippines.
World Water Day brings attention to the importance of keeping our global water supplies clean and safe, and to make sure that citizens worldwide have access to potable water.
This World Water Day on March 22, the motto is “Leaving No One Behind.” It is part of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, of which number Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG6) is “water for all by 2030.”
The statistics of those without access to clean and safe water are alarming:
- 2.1 billion people worldwide are without safe water at home
- More than 700 children under the age of five die every day from diarrhea linked to unsafe water and poor sanitation
- Globally, 80% of people who have to use hazardous and unprotected water sources live in rural areas
- Around 4 billion people – nearly two-thirds of the world’s population – experience severe water scarcity during at least one month of the year
- 700 million people worldwide could be displaced by intense water scarcity by 2030
Helping Provide Access to Water
It is with these facts and SDGs in mind that Nobel Systems is taking part in providing solutions and resources to those in need.
Nobel Systems has partnered with water districts in the Philippines and the United States to help meet the goal of providing safe and clean water supply to those without access.
The company, which has headquarters in the U.S., the Philippines and India, provides GIS data, IoT, and cloud-hosted services that enable water districts to safely and efficiently manage their infrastructure and assets.
Its services help prevent water loss and the management of clean, safe water provided to regions that are in dire need of access to reliable water supply.
One of those areas is in the Philippines, where Nobel provided a grant to poorer water districts to help them manage their water supplies.
The grant offered free data conversion services to approximately fifteen water agencies in the Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao regions. Nobel charged nominal hosting costs for the data to be stored.
Water Districts in the United States Donate IT, Water Equipment
Nobel also employed its partners in the United States to enable regions in need to access technology to manage their water supplies more efficiently.
California water districts such as Rowland Water in Rosemead, Bellflower Somerset Mutual Water Company, and the Scotts Valley Water District donated used equipment, including iPads, to help in data collection. Nobel Systems sent the material to Bayawan Water District, Bustos Water District, Wao Water District, and Bogo City Water District in the Philippines.
Nobel Systems also helped to form a strategic alliance between the California Utility Executive Management Association and the Philippine Association of Water Districts. This enabled several California water districts to donate used equipment, such as chlorinators, to the Bayawan Water District in the Philippines.
Educating Future Generations in GIS
Providing education in GIS to future generations is also an effort the company is involved in. Nobel Systems and the Bayawan Water District sponsored GIS Day last year at Negros Oriental State University and Bayawan National High School in Bayawan, the Philippines.
Nobel team members and water district officials gave presentations explaining how GIS is used in everyday life and in business, especially concerning water management. The students practiced data tracking and mapping with iPads used in exercises.
Looking to the Future
Nobel Systems will continue in its efforts to provide the technology and education for regions that need help in managing their water supplies.
Please contact Nobel Systems if you would like to partner with us in this effort.