The Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company losses water valued at KES 2.1 billion due to raging illegal water connection in low-income areas.With Kenya Power having implemented the use of prepaid digital water meters systems; there is need also for Water Companies to take up use of digital meters to save on water shortage. The water meters will solve the issue of cartels and paying huge bills of water experienced among consumers.
Digital water meters are an important initiative that will alert consumers and water companies on water leakages and later be able to identify where the problem is.
How it works
To access the system that works similarly to a prepaid electricity system, consumers will have to buy tokens either through mobile money, ATM cards or pay directly to water companies and load them into meters.
Once one loads credit into the meter, the valve opens and water flows. In case of low credit or battery, the system will send a signal to the user.
Merits of the system
The tamper proof and all weather meter alerts water companies and consumers in case of leakages helping them to troubleshoot where the problem is.
The meter can produce detailed reports for management, give maintenance schedules and prevent fraudsters from interfering with the water flow.
This technology will help companies get accurate bills and prevent water loss through leakages. This will later promote a balance of water needs among people in the urban areas against water providers.
The digital meters will be connected to water supplying companies and managed through a Meter Management Systems (MMS).
In August 2014, the Nairobi city water and sewerage company planned to review the water bill to ensure that water is available and affordable to all. The water company is now producing 550,000 cubic litres daily against a demand of 650,000 cubic litres daily. The demand for water has risen greatly, which is a challenge in supply of water.
Once this technology is implemented, Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company (NWSC) will be at a niche in terms of provision of affordable and quality water.