SRWB Prepaid Meter Project Needs Additional Funds

Southern Region Water Board says it will require K12 billion to procure and install prepaid water meters to all its eighty thousand customers in the region.

The Board's Chief Executive Officer, Duncan Chimbamba says currently, they are targeting customer institutions with the project, to eradicate problems that result from huge unpaid bills.

He says, they have so far secured funding from Exim bank of India to procure 54 thousand prepaid water meters.

"We are doing this project in phases, and currently, our target are institutions that have been failing to fulfill their debts in time. Let me say that we have secured financing from Exim Bank of India for us to buy some meters," said Chimbamba.

"We have 80 thousand customers and we will need an additional K12 billion for this whole project to reach them," he added.

Consumer rights body, CAMA Executive Director, John Kapito has urged water boards in the country to collect debts from government institutions, to help in fast tracking the project, and avoid customers continued out-cry to huge bills they receive.

"These people should go collect their unpaid debts from government agencies who are owing them, I do not expect them to knock on treasury department's door for support," said Kapito.

The prepaid water meter system was launched in 2013 in the country to deal with un-accounted and inaccurate water billing among other reasons.

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