Thanks to the inefficiency of elected officials, the water in Flint, Michigan is tainted with lead and has been undrinkable for over a year. Engadget reports that though the federal government has finally allotted $170 million for infrastructure improvements in the city, relief for residents is still months or even years away. However, a new app by the University of Michigan will help residents track the rebuilding progress.
Developed by computer science researchers at the university’s Flint and Ann Arbor campuses, the ‘Mywater-Flint’ app and website are being backed by none other than Google. The company is aiding the initiative both financially and technically. Mywater-Flint will provide tools so residents can monitor water-testing results and the progress of pipeline replacements. Also, it will highlight water and filter distribution centres. In fact, the app can even predict where lead contamination levels are highest, based on the age and value of a home.