By Azania Post Reporter
IN a move aimed at increasing revenue and curb theft , Tanzania will introduce water prepaid meters for customers , the Parliament was heard in Dodoma.
This was said today by the Deputy Minister for Water and Irrigation Juma Aweso when responding to a basic question raised by Manonga legislator Seif Gulamali (CCM). The MP had wanted to understand as to when will the government introduce such meters as those in electricity popularly known as LUKU.
Reacting, the Deputy Minister said that the government has ordered water authorities countrywide to install the system.
“We have ordered Iringa, Arusha, Dodoma , Mbeya , Tanga and Dar es Salaam water authorities to make sure that they install these meters to their customers,” he said.
The device will require consumers to pay for water prior to getting the service by purchasing a prepaid card or a token.Consumers can then draw water by inserting the prepaid card or token into the meter.
According to Dar es Salaam water and sewerage corporation (Dawasco) the pilot project was scheduled to start last April exclusively to a few areas with reliable water supply in Dar es Salaam.
“It is highly recommended that Dawasco apply such a system as it will make it easier to curb water theft and avoid unpaid water bills, something that will improve the company’s revenue collection,” the organization said.
Introduction of the system will also help curb the increasing number of unscrupulous dealers as well as enable the company improve efficiency in billing, thus cutting expenses associated with reading meters and data processing.
Once water service is delivered, the balance will be adjusted whereas the new balance will be displayed and water service will automatically be terminated if the balance is due until the consumer buys another token.
On benefits of the system, the firm says that it will guarantee cost recovery since water consumption will be in prepaid mode and there will be substantial cost savings and recovery of capital expenditure especially in administrative expenses such as bills collection.
It is anticipated that the system will reduce unnecessary water consumption as well as enabling quick detection of water theft or leaks.