Raincube Roundtable Introduction

In Florida, residents across the state are feeling shocks to their dwindling clean water resources. Florida’s water security has been threatened by a variety of causes. The city of St. Petersburg last year suffered sewage overflows throughout neighborhood streets and into the bay due to an ageing infrastructure and a series of potent storms. Shortly after that, a sinkhole caused a gypsum stack to pour at least 215 million gallons of semi-radioactive contaminated water into the Floridan Aquifer from Mosaic’s phosphate mine. As sea levels rises, the state has started to see an increase of salt water intrusion into its aquifers. Also, if that wasn’t enough to deal with, Miami must build pumps to combat regular floods caused by rising sea levels and high tides. Florida is in the midst of drought, ranked the worst in the nation this year. Yet, resident’s still water their lawns. Did you know sod is the most irrigated crop in the United States? It covers an area three times larger than any irrigated crop in the U.S. There is about 40 million acres of lawn! Water security forms the backbone of the Food, Energy, and Water Nexus.

So, how do we transition from a crumbling, centralized water supply to a resilient, decentralized, and global Internet of Rain?

There are seven key steps to make this happen:

  1. Rainwater Harvesting
  2. Internet of Things
  3. Smart Home
  4. Blockchain
  5. Smart Contracts
  6. Smart City
  7. Global IoR

The first step is to harvest rainwater from any roof and anywhere. The second step connects that rainwater harvesting system to internet-connected devices via WiFi or cellular. Next, at the smart home level, is taking that information so that you are producing more than you are consuming. The fourth step applies the Blockchain to form an Open Ledger that can track and manage this limited water resource. The fifth step utilizes smart contracts that are able to facilitate machine to machine and peer to peer exchanges. From there we take those connected homes, neighborhoods, and localities to develop a smart city. The final step connects all these cities through a global Internet of Rain that is providing enough water and food for a population of 10 billion people.

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