Kigali, Rwanda — (METERING.COM) — June 2, 2010 – Rwanda’s national water company, Rwanda Water and Sanitation Corporation (RWASCO), has started introducing prepay water meters for consumers in the country’s capital, Kigali.
The meters are currently being tested at public water stands in Muhima village and early reports indicate a positive response, with consumers feeling they are getting value for money and the company improving its revenue collection.
The meters, which are being supplied by Shenzhen Star, are activated with a smart card, on which the consumer’s credit is stored.
Previously there were many complaints about inflated water bills, while RWASCO was incurring revenue losses from unpaid bills. Currently RWASCO cannot account for 30 percent of the water that it distributes.
Lucien Ruterana, RWASCO’s commercial director, was quoted as saying that if the prepay meters prove successful over a six month trial, then more meters will be ordered.
RWASCO has approximately 70,000 metered water customers.
RWASCO is also currently involved with its sister company Rwanda Electricity Corporation (REC) in developing an optical fiber cable backbone and SCADA system, as part of an initiative to develop Rwanda as a regional ICT hub.