The global water crisis: how you can help
Whether it is the early morning sprinklers hydrating your lawn, the water irrigation systems nourishing miles of farm land, or the dinner plates being run underneath your kitchen faucet, the criticality of water spans far and wide.
When it comes to water sustainability, there are so many battles to fight, and your help is needed now more than ever. The global climate crisis is inextricably linked to water. As temperatures rise, the intensity of storms and other weather events continue to ascend. The repercussions of these events are projected to affect the availability and distribution of rainfall, snowmelt, river flows, and groundwater. In addition to water availability concerns, water quality is also seen to be impacted by the climate crisis. Water sustainability requires protecting the groundwater and sub-surface aquifer from dangerous and toxic pollutants that are too close for comfort.
In this livestream recording by IBM Developer Advocates John Walicki and Pooja Mistry, learn how to use TWC weather APIs, USGS watershed and river APIs, water quality reports and more to create a water quality dashboard. If the toxins exceed the EPA limits, the table highlights the chemical in red and, when selected, will pop up an informational dialog about the health risks of that toxin. Curious about what is in your water? Check out the video below!
Technology has a role to play in fighting back against the water sustainability battles, and your solution can make a difference. Ready to take action? Join the fight and participate in the 2020 Call for Code Global Challenge. Check out the water sustainability starter kit to jump start your solution and make sure to submit by the July 31 deadline!
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