MYSURU: Residents of the city will soon receive SMS alerts on water supply schedules.
They also get to know in advance whenever there is any disruption in the water supply or any other problem in receiving water.
The Mysore City Corporation has entrusted the work on timely announcement of water supply to ‘NextDrop Smart Water Systems Private Limited’ on a pilot basis.
As most residents are uncertain about the exact timings of water supply, they face severe hardships.
“This initiative will put an end to such confusions. Henceforth, the people can save time and need not wait for water, leaving behind all other works,” MCC sources said.
The Nextdrop works as a channel between valvemen and residents. The residents have to register with the Nextdrop and the users will get timely information on water supply hours, disruption in supply and other such details.
Smart phones have been given to valvemen and using the app ‘valvekey’, a valveman can inform of the problem in the water pipeline to the centre of NextDrop.
Within no time, a message will be dispatched to the registered residents of the particular area.
The app will also be used to inform people in advance as to when the water supply valves will be opened in the area. An SMS will be sent to the people an hour before water supply, sources said.
“A dash board has been configured to check how many areas have received water. It’s a real time map and the officials can monitor water supply through the dash board,” sources said.
Bindu Susheel, Utilities Business Head, India, Nextdrop, said mapping of entire Mysuru city has been done and 150 valvemen have been trained on how to provide the information.
“The pilot project will come to an end in August and before that Vani Vilas Water Works (VVWS) has to enter into an agreement with us,” she added.
An official of VVWS said the initiative will help monitor the water supply.
Give a missed call to 77955 90931 and the Nextdrop team will call you back and collect details soon. As many as 700 people have registered so far and the timings of water supply will be informed to them through SMS. It’s a free service for Mysuru city residents.