Drinking Water Vulnerability Tool

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Client:   Community Water Center

The consequences of climate change are all around us, from devastating wildfires to record-setting high tides along the coast. For 1.6 million Californians, those consequences may run right through their kitchen faucets. Small, often poor communities across the state depend on wells and groundwater for critical drinking water supplies. That's why GreenInfo helped create the Drinking Water Vulnerability Tool, a new web application to help communities understand and advocate for the safety of their water supplies. At launch, the tool was covered by Capitol Public Radio and KSBW TV in Monterey.

Using data developed specifically for this tool, along with key datasets from researchers at UC Berkeley and UC Davis, we worked with the Community Water Center to create a tool that helps answer a simple question: Where does my water come from? And is my water at risk?

One part of the application, called "Your Water," uses your address to present a narrative overview of where your water comes from and key facts about the safety and security of that water source. Another part, California Water Data, presents a much more complex, data-rich view of water supplies and demographics all across the state. The entire application is provided in English and Spanish, with translations created by professional translators and reviewed by CWC's own in-house translators.

We built the application using Wordpress for web content management, gTranslate for customizable translations, and Django/Postgres for a spatial data API to power maps and reporting.

Focus:   Environment, Public Health, Social Justice/Equity  

Services:  Interactive Solutions, GIS Services, Data, Applications Development, Web Mapping, Website Design 

Project Years: 2020

GreenInfo Network creates, analyzes, visualizes and communicates information in the public interest. We specialize in mapping and related technology for nonprofits and public agencies, focusing on using it for conservation, social equity, public health, environment and foundation grant making.
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