Company Name:NextDrop





Anu Sridharan - CEO 

NextDrop notifies urban residents 60 minutes before water will arrive in their taps and provides cost effective management tools to water utilities.

The problem: When will I get water? When will my power be cut? When will gas be delivered to my door? Throughout Asia, Africa, and South America, families face this question every day.[1] We’ve embarked on answering the first one first, for India.  Millions of households have piped water supply; however, water is only available for a few hours at a time.  Depending on the season and the neighborhood, water can take up anywhere from two to ten days to arrive, but nobody knows when. Recently, the city of Bangalore, due to water scarcity issues, had large pockets of the city that had not received water in their homes for the last 10 days, and they had no idea when it would arrive in their home next.  The way this sort of water supply, or intermittent supply, works is simple.  The city is gridded off, and first one area of the city gets water in their homes, this area is then shut off after a few hours, and then another area gets water.  Everything is on schedule and residents generally know when to expect water unlessyou have a power outage, pipe damage, or water scarcity issue.  Then, everything will be thrown off schedule and there is no way today to communicate this dynamically with residents or engineers, as the people who are turning on and turning off water throughout the city are not the decision makers or part of the decision making process.   

[1]World Health Organization. (2000). "Global Water Supply and Sanitation Assessment 2000 Report." World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund, Geneva.

End-user problem: In Hubli-Dharwad, a Tier II Indian city of 1.1 million people, where we have set up our first business unit, workers lose an estimated 182 hours waiting for the water each year, equating to a city-wide loss of over 10.9 million productive hours per year. Hubli-Dharwad is one of over 400 cities in India, each with populations over 100,000, which face similar unreliability in piped water supply.

Provider problem: Cash strapped utilities around the world have very few options to track water distribution in real time.  Due to the inability to spend on expensive tracking hardware and software, most utilities in emerging markets not only provide sub par service to their residents, they lose 40%-70% of urban piped water through unnoticed leakages, and overfilled reservoirs.  Due to these problems, most utilities are not able to recover their costs; the average Tier I or Tier II city in India operates at a 25%-30% loss every year.

Water SmartGrid Solution: NextDrop notifies urban residents 30-60 minutes before water will arrive in their taps and provides six different resource distribution and management tools to water utilities, replacing hardware and providing preventive analytics at less than 50% the cost.

Investment Needed: $200K ($300K & lead investor already secured)