Utility Ghana Water Company has received endorsement from the national regulator to trial a prepaid water metering system in the West African country.

The Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) has endorsed proposals for a pilot scheme to cut wastage in Ghana Water Company’s operations.

Nana Yaa Jantuah, director of public affairs of the PURC, said: “PURC is not against the concept of introducing the metering system for utility services.

Of course, once installed, prepaid meters will reduce your commercial loses and the Ghana Water Company has a huge loss that has to be reduced.”

Ms Jantuah also commented that this move also takes away the issues of illegal connection and theft.

The PURC however stressed the importance of due diligence to ensure the system is effectively implemented.

The proposal to install prepaid water meters has met with fierce resistance from the public and non-government organisations operating in Ghana.