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NWSC Seeks to Partners with UIRI and Make Prepaid Water Meters

While showcasing the meter to the UIRI officials, Gilbert Muhwezi the NWSC engineer in charge of the project says that this partnership will help reduce on the costs of involving third parties and as well as depending on them once something gets wrong with the imported parts of the meter.
A close up of the prepaid water meter

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A team from National Water and Sewerage Cooperation- NSWC has sought expertise from the Uganda Industrial Research Institute- UIRI officials in Namanve, Mukono district tostart producing parts for the new prepaid water meters which will soon be rolling out the Service Coverage Acceleration Project- SCAP.

A prepaid meter will dispense water once an electronic key is inserted and will be managed and read remotely. Having a prepaid water meter will mean that the consumer purchases water credit in the form of a prepaid water token just like it is done for electricity. When entered into the User Interface Unit (located in the consumer’s home), the token will instruct the water management device to allow a certain amount of water through the meter before closing.

In 2013, NWSC embarked on installation of prepaid water meters to enable people residing in city slums to access clean and affordable water. However, the project was stopped as there were complications with the system’s batteries in 2016 which could not be sourced. 

 

While showcasing the meter to the UIRI officials, Gilbert Muhwezi the NWSC engineer in charge of the project says that this partnership will help reduce on the costs of involving third parties and as well as depending on them once something gets wrong with the imported parts of the meter.

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Aiming at removing the people reading the meters on behalf of the cooperation, the Managing Director NWSC Silver Mugisha explains that with this meter, consumers can track their water usage, load credit remotely, and will decrease the possibility of outrageous billing due to leaks or incorrect monitoring.

Mugisha adds that this partnership will help Uganda to strengthen its hardware infrastructure, create more jobs for Ugandans and also save the funds that would be spent on importing finished prepaid meters.  

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Prof. Charles Kwesiga the Executive Director-ED UIRI, commends NWSC for their effort of coming up with a prototype for the meter and all its designs.

 

He then adds that this is a great opportunity for Uganda. “With such innovations we shall no longer depend on the foreign technology which is very expensive to sustain and as well as export to our neighboring countries which are currently also importing theirs.” 

 

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