TECH₂0 | Where's the Water?


Awards & Nominations

TECH₂0 has received the following awards and nominations. Way to go!

Local Peoples' Choice Winner

The Challenge | Where's the Water?

Use satellite and other data to allow farmers, landowners, and land managers in your locale to identify and visualize water resources in their surroundings.


TecH₂O is a web app that utilizes satellite and crowd-sourced data to avail realtime information on fluctuating water levels across the globe.


As a result of climate change - specifically global warming - sea levels have risen drastically over the past ten years and droughts have become worse.

(Sea Level, 2017, May 4th, Fact retrieved from ) ( Drought in eastern Mediterranean worst of past 900 years, 2016, Feb 29th, by Ellen Gray, Retrieved from )

According to an article on, "effects that scientists had predicted in the past would result from global climate change are now occurring: loss of sea ice, accelerated sea level rise and longer, more intense heat waves."

Therefore, in order to mitigate the potential negative future effects of global climate change, monitoring fluctuating water levels is essential. This is where our app - TecH₂O - comes in.

TecH₂O is a web app that utilizes satellite and crowd-sourced data to avail realtime information on fluctuating water levels across the globe.

Potential Uses of TecH₂O

1. Governments can use TecH₂O to monitor their countries fluctuating water levels and water trends in turn predict potential occurrence of droughts/floods/tsunamis thus prepare plan and mitigate negative effects of these calamities and sending out alert messages to warn its citizens of potential calamities.

2. Water institutions such as National Water Conservation and Pipeline Cooperation in Kenya who are in charge of putting up water structures (e.g. dams) can use TecH₂O to monitor the latter's water levels. For instance, if the water level dropped below a specified level, they would be able to receive a notification via our app. At this point they could then use data on TecH₂O to locate potential areas to put up alternative water sources e.g boreholes.

3. Residents are able to use our mobile app to report water-related issues, e.g. burst water pipes, or request information such as alternative water sources if there is a water shortage in a particular area.

4. Through crowd sourcing people can contribute potential methods of water conservation and resource management which would also assist in addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP);

Goal 6.5: By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate.
Goal 6.6: By 2020, protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes.

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