Kenyan startup Tech Water Solutions has launched a solution that uses GSM and sensor technology to monitor water levels in tanks and reservoirs.

Launched in August after months of testing, Tech Water Solutions’ Tank Mkononi water monitoring system allows users such as residential owners, hotels and restaurants to monitor water levels in their tanks and reservoirs from any location using their mobile phones.

When water levels go below a programmed threshold, the system sends SMS alarms to up to 10 mobile numbers alerting them of the low level. The system can also be set to send timed SMS reports on water levels at specific hours or intervals throughout the day.

Founder Kelvin Gacheru told Disrupt Africa the idea for the system had been inspired by the regularity of water shortages in Nairobi, and the resultant effects.

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