WSSP holds ‘Watsathon’ to find IT-based solution to sanitation problems

PESHAWAR: Software engineers, programmers, data experts and thinkers from across Pakistan have teamed up to give an innovative and IT-based solution to water and sanitation services problems being faced by Water and Sanitation Services Peshawar (WSSP).

The three-day event is titled as ‘watsathon’, organized by WSSP here at National Incubation Center Peshawar on Friday in collaboration with Swiss Development Corporation (SDC). Minister for Local Government Elections and Rural Development Department Shahram Tarakai inaugurated the event.

Around 32 teams of IT experts, software developers, thinkers and programmers from across the country will participate in the event.  Each team will work on ideas and find solutions to the problems like water contamination, revenue generation, disposal, attendance, waste management, electronic waste containers management, waste segregation and disposal.

The idea or software should be user-friendly and could easily be implementable for WSSP to improve the delivery of its services. Every team will present their ideas before a panel of judges. The panel is comprised of Murtaza Zaidi, Nabila Farman, Sara Hashwani and Kiran Rabbani.

The winning team will receive Rs100,000 while the runner up Rs70,000 and team that comes third will get Rs50,000 in cash. WSSP will implement the idea and software declared innovative, applicable and user-friendly.

Addressing the participants the minister for local government Shahram Khan Tarakai said that WSSP expects you to design such software that helps and enable the company shortened response time, reduce costs, optimize operations and improve quality of services. “The idea you share will not only be recognized but also be of great service to the community,” Tarakai said.

Chief Executive Officer WSSP Syed Zafar Ali said that the company has already designed and using information technology in monitoring, water supply and sanitation.

Naming the software WSSP has been using, he said consumers can register a complaint on ‘SafaPekhawar’ mobile application, installation of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) on some tube-wells as a pilot project that helps WSSP save 26 percent cost and better monitoring.

The chief executive said that any team who design such software that helps WSSP improve water supply and sanitation services would be of great service to the community. He added that WSSP also working on a master plan that will fulfil the needs of the people of Peshawar till 2048 in terms of water and sanitation services.

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