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 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
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.
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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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.”