Computer science student patents water rationing system

Yousef Dhahi Alonazy (sophomore, computer science) received a patent for a water rationing system. (Ahmad Abusaad/ The Penn)

An Indiana University of Pennsylvania student received a patent from the U.S Patent and Trademark Office.

Yousef Dhahi Alonazy (sophomore, computer science) received a patent for his invention of a Water Rationing System in June 2012.

Alonazy’s device “controls and manages municipal household water usage,” according to the USPTO.

Alonazy said he was inspired to create the device after reading an Arabic article about countries with the most water consumption.

According to a 2010 article by Stimson, an analysis and outreach center, access to water is one of Saudi Arabia’s “most daunting infrastructure and development challenges,” and the problem will only “compound” as the kingdom’s population continues to grow.

Though Alonazy’s invention stemmed from the needs of his home country, he said in a Feb. 20 interview that the device is not only for Saudi Arabia but for any location that would need it.

Alonazy said his “single goal” in inventing the system is to secure and conserve water.

“If we have the system, I bet it will save a lot of money for the states who are interested as well as to consumers,” Alonazy said.

“It will also provide job opportunities in the field of operation and maintenance.”

Alonazy said there is not a set date for when the system will be presented for use, but he intends to have it completed and in use as early as possible.

Alonazy said he developed the system in December 2011 when he attended the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky.

Alonazy came to the United States in October 2011 and has been an IUP student since fall 2012.