Zimbabwe begins mass rollout of smart prepaid water meters

In Southern Africa, the Zimbabwean government ordered the country’s water authority ZINWA to deploy smart prepaid water meters for all city and municipal councils.

The installation of smart prepaid water meters will help ZINWA recover up to $140 million in water debts, reported a local publication.

Advantages of smart prepaid water meters

Oppah Muchinguri Kashiri, minister of Environment, Water and Climate, said: “… Both local authorities and residents will need to use what they can afford…”

The project would help ZINWA to fund its day to day operations including the treatment and distribution of water.

The programme will provide the water authority with funds to cover energy costs and expenses associated with the maintenance of water infrastructure.

The smart prepaid water meters will help Zinwa to accurately bill its customers by eliminating estimated water billing.

In addition, the project is expected to help the water authority improve its customer services by helping consumers improve their water efficiency.

The news follows the installation of smart prepaid water meters for residents in Gwanda to help Zinwa recover up to $10 million in debt from the municipality.

Smart water meters in Korea

Meanwhile, the South Korean province of Gochang has selected Australian based metering solutions firm Freestyle Technologies for the supply and installation of smart water meters.

The $4.2 million deal follows the successful implementation of a two-year pilot project of the smart water meters by the two parties.

With the smart water meters, the South Korean province of Gochang expects to reduce non-revenue water through quick identification of water leaks and meter tampering incidents.

Consumers will receive notifications on their smartphones in the event they exceed their average water consumption level.

In the US, the city of Middletown in New York State is also installing smart water meters to reduce expenses associated with water leaks and manual water meter reading.

Joseph DeStefano, mayor of Middletown, said the smart water meter project will include the use of a $5 million bond to replace some 7,000 existing analogue water meters. Read more…


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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.