Anu Sridharan is Changing the Way You Consume Water

Her app NextDrop dispenses information on water supply to citizens in Hubli-Dharwad, Bengaluru, and Mysore.

Now in its fifth year, NextDrop is more than just an app—it is helping change the lives of thirsty Indians in many cities! Co-founded by Anu Sridharan, NextDrop dispenses information on water supply to citizens via text messages. When they started out in Hubli-Dharwad, nearly one million people in Hubli alone would get water once every three to five days, for about four hours. "We bridged the gap between the citizens and the government, by allowing users to get information on when the next water supply would be available," says Anu. "The app also lets you lodge complaints, which we redirect to the concerned authorities and work with them to find solutions," the Berkeley graduate reveals. Currently the app functions in Bengaluru and Mysore (with plans to expand to the rest of the country) and has close to 80,000 subscribers.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

So how did the civil engineer become one of the most successful social entrepreneurs in the country? "I didn't even know what a PNL statement was. I had to learn everything I know on-the-job, and that includes technical know-how and business expertise. My advice to anybody starting out would be read and research on the subject as much as possible. And make Google your best friend!" she adds light heartedly.

What do you think?

Life
Share
Chrissy Teigen Asked Twitter for Parenting Advice and the Responses Were Perfect
The model was having a tough day with her daughter so turned to social media for reassurance.
Life
Share
This Flight Attendant Shares Photos Of What It's Really Like On the Job
Behind the scenes of airline life.
Life
Share
12 Celeb Expressions That Perfectly Sum Up How We Feel About Mondays
Take it easy, guys!
Life
Share
Couch Potatoes, Rejoice: It's Actually Possible to Be Allergic to Exercise
Some people have a real excuse to skip the gym.
Life
Share
'Kylie Jenner Pregnant': Here's How Internet Lost Its Sh*t
They have wayyy too many theories. Some even doubt that she's Kim's surrogate!
Life
Share
Early Warning Signs of Breast Cancer EVERY Girl Needs to Look Out For
Just a few minutes of self-examination a month, can save your life. #PayAttention
Life
Share
Why This Hairdresser's Post About Her Client's Depression Is Going Viral
"After being here 8 hours yesterday and 5 hours today we finally made this beautiful girl smile."
chlamydia symptoms in women
Life
Share
An Undetected STI Could Mess with Your Fertility
Most women infected with chlamydia don't experience symptoms.
Life
Share
3 Walking Workouts That Burn Serious Calories
Lose weight *and* take in the beautiful outdoors!
Life
Share
Francia Raisa Shows Her Scars for the First Time Since Donating a Kidney to Selena Gomez
"Happy to be back," she wrote on Instagram.