Forbes: 60% of Water Wells Fail in Africa. An App Aims to Prevent That.



Forbes, October 25th, 2021


Two years ago, the folks at Well Aware launched a company to do something about that problem.


The 12-year-old Austin-based nonprofit builds water systems in East Africa, all of which are still functioning, according to founder Sarah Evans. With that track record in mind, two years ago, the team developed an app allowing communities to diagnose problems with their water systems and maintain them on their own, launching a company called Well Beyond to sell it.


“Our goal is to change the sector-wide failure rate with this new technology,” says Kathryn Bergmann, chief operating officer and co-founder of Well Beyond.


The pandemic also forced the startup to switch gears and change its initial services to providing hygiene information to communities.


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