Environmentalists in the Philippines are doing all in their powers to combat the menace of water pollution in the country with the use of blockchain technology; their effort will soon pay off.
Solving Real-World Challenges Using Blockchain
The government of Philippines, through its sister agency The Pasig River Rehabilitation Council, is looking at ways to combat the heavy pollution at the Pasig River, which is said to be one of the most polluted rivers in the country. To do that, the agency collaborated with a group of South African environmentalists and entrepreneurs to help in their quest to rid the river of its dirt and constant pollution, using blockchain technology.
The initial idea was to showcase to the world, that blockchain technology can help solve significant needs of man, including water, and the decision to test run their proposal at the Pasig River was because it was one of the dirtiest in the country.
Speaking to reporters, the partners, gave variant reasons why they are embarking on the project.
“We first came up with the idea of showcasing how blockchain technology can solve real-world problems, and clean up the environment specifically, using Boracay Island as an example. However, the government shut the island down in April, so we looked at the Pasig River instead, as the next important body of water in the country.”
The government agency reiterated the fact that the services might be available for other government parastatals, if interested and that it costs the government nothing.
To achieve this, CypherOdin, the company in charge would be using IOT devices to monitor activities on the waterways to determine the present quality of the water, tide and other activities as they say this is necessary for data analysis which will help to know precise steps to take to improve its quality.
To monitor activities above the water, drones will be employed to assist in the siting of materials and other things that might be causing the pollution, such as plastic and other harmful objects thrown in the river.
Citing that the work will be in futility if the company is not carrying the people along, especially the communities that surround the river. The company has stressed that it will go in and around the communities, especially the rural areas, to sensitize them on how to dispose of their waste without polluting the water effectively.
More importantly due to the near-perfect feature of blockchain to store information, the information that the company can get from the Pasig River will go a long way in cleaning other dirty waters globally.
Achieving this will be another milestone hit for the country and most especially, blockchain.