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YAKA Part 2: Like Umeme, NWSC Develops Pre-Paid Water Meter

YAKA Part 2: Like Umeme, NWSC Develops Pre-Paid Water Meter

The National Water and Sewage Corporation has developed a new prototype of a pre-paid water meter.

The executive director of NWSC, Dr. Silver Mugisha said, ‘’we have made progress we have the technology which we are yet to patent with Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB), but we have the prototype already.’’

Prior to the revelation by Dr. Mugisha, NWSC and Uganda Industrial Research Institute had to reach a consensus.

This happened at Namanve industrial park on Wednesday. The two parties agreed to work together until the objective of local mass production of these water meter is achieved.

The water administration is currently using post-paid mechanical meters to serve water to the nation. However, if NWSC finally achieves the objective of replacing the current meters with the pre-paid ones.

Mugisha said the move would eliminate the day-to-day visiting of customers’ premises and avails an opportunity to maximize revenue for customers.

‘’I think it is a modern way of measuring the volume of water a customer has used and pre-payment is definitely a big contribution to revenue collection of the entity,’’ Mugisha added.

Eng. Gilbert Muhwezi from NWSC said despite the better functionality, the cost of acquisition and costs associated with licenses are unfriendly. This is compared to the post-paid meters.

He further indicated that NWSC resolved to institute a team to innovate and come up with a solution to minimize costs.

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