Researchers in Kenya are testing a new device that transmits data on handpumps in areas with scarce water supply.

This article titled “Data drip: ‘Smart’ handpumps send signal that water has run out” was written by Paige McClanahan, for guardian.co.uk on Tuesday 1st January 2013 09.00 UTC

Installing handpumps in far-flung villages has long been a favourite activity of aid agencies and development NGOs. But the pumps rarely last forever: at any given time, only two of every three handpumps in rural areas are actually working, and aid workers don’t often go back to check up on the status of the pumps installed several years before.

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