1 May 2013

Zambia: LWSC to Install 10,000 Prepaid Meters

THE Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company (LWSC) is this month expected to roll out 10,000 prepaid metres in four districts of Lusaka Province.

LWSC public relations officer, Topsy Sikalinda said the company would start the pre-paid metre installation this month and 10,000 would be installed in Chongwe, Luangwa, Kafue and Lusaka under the phase-one programme.

Mr Sikalinda said the company would spend about over KR9 million on the project which would benefit 10,000 households in the four districts.

He said the advantages of pre-paid billing system were that people would use what they wanted to use by controlling the cost.

"We are starting the installation of 10,000 prepaid metres in May and we are going to start with Chongwe, Kafue and Luangwa then Lusaka in phase one. We expect to spend over KR9 million on the project," Mr Sikalinda said.

He noted that the company's policy had changed, saying it was moving from post-paid to prepaid water metre system which was a modern way of doing business.

Mr Sikalinda said customers had been asking for the prepaid water metres and the company was just responding to the calls.

He said that the installation of the pre-paid metres in these areas would have cost benefit for both the company and the water consumers.

Mr Sikalinda said the company would no longer face the problem of unsettled bills in the involved areas because the clients would now be prompted to get water units to avoid running out of water at their premises.

He said the move would make the supply of water effective as people would be responsible for their own service.

"We did not want to rush in going pre-paid fully; we first had to do a pilot project with a few houses. We used a number of different technologies as a way of identifying which one would work for Zambia and we have observed them and from the results we identified which one would work for our people here," he said.

The LWSC in August 2012 embarked on a pilot project of installing prepaid water metres in Libala and some parts of Kabwata.

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