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You have a new text: Time to get water

Water supplies are unreliable throughout much of the developing world. The organization NextDrop aims to alert families via SMS when it's time to fill their pails.

In the hundreds of millions of Asian, Latin American, and African households where water is only available once every week or two weeks, families lose both time and potential income waiting to fill their buckets. SmartPlanet's Sumi Das talks to a founder at NextDrop, an organization that's using SMS technology to help families make sure they never miss a precious drop.

This post first appeared on SmartPlanet under the headline "How texting can solve unreliable water issues."