The National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) is reportedly working around a prepaid water metering system.
This was revealed by the Managing Director of NWSC Dr. Eng. Silver Mugisha during the launch of a performance improvement programme that aims at accelerated service delivery through the water network extensions and sewer extensions among many others.
The system would work in a similar manner as Umeme’s Yaka Prepaid Metered billing system; where customers buy and use scratch cards (and hopefully other smart means) to pay for tokens for water supply services to their homes and businesses.
The Kampala water Senior manager Kampala Water Western zone Mr. Richard Muhangi said the corporation is thinking of better ways to serve the customers each day.
According to an official, NWSC will develop its own pre-paid metering system instead of spending 44million dollars to buy and install the prepaid water metering systems. “Our IT team recently developed an internal billing system and the corporation saved a lot of money. The team has started working on various innovations and ensure that the technology is rolled out. This will save us money to invest in service delivery projects” he added
In response, the Minister of ICT and National Guidance, Frank Tumwebaze, hailed the decision by NWSC to use local software developers as they shall tap into Uganda’s own innovation ecosystem and encouraged them to consider getting even more local input to their developments. “Issue it out as a challenge to them (local innovation hubs ) and assess the best solutions,” Tumwebaze said.