The high cost of assessing losses, traditional insurance based on paying indemnities for actual losses incurred is usually not viable, particularly for smallholders in developing countries. .
In South Africa, where drought is very common, insight into water availability is crucial for water managers. Water managers need tools to easily investigate the volumetric dynamics of dam-lakes, the most important freshwater reservoirs in the area. By creating real-time water balances, the most basic tool of a hydrologist, water managers can learn more about their most important water reservoirs and anticipate water scarcity.