Kenyan water company introduces prepaid meters


Kisumu, Kenya — (METERING.COM) — August 26, 2010 – Kenya’s Kisumu Water and Sewerage Company (Kiwasco) has introduced a prepaid water metering system with a view to improving revenue collection and access to water.

The pilot project is scheduled to run for six months in the Nyalenda area in the south of Kisumu, a western Kenyan city on the shores of Lake Victoria.

The prepaid meter system is being provided by the Namibian based company TagMeter Namibia.

Kiwasco’s managing director, David Onyango, was quoted as saying that the prepaid water meters would be installed at water kiosks, which are operated by private operators and community organizations and generally serve between 150 and 200 customers, as well as at the homes of domestic consumers.

In 2006 Kisumu, the third largest city in Kenya, was designated the first United Nations Millennium City to receive support to meet the Millennium Development Goals.