The Dodoma Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Authority (DUWASA) has embarked on the installation of prepaid water meters to replace the old ones across Dodoma City, a move that aims at addressing the problem of delays in clearing water bills among its customers.
The Authority’s Managing Director, Engineer David Pallangyo, told a local newspaper in an interview over the weekend that the exercise to install the new water meters had started in some of the city’s institutions.
“… we have started installing the prepaid water meters at the city Police quarters … we are still talking with the National Service (JKT) to install them at the Makutupora military base,” said the DUWASA boss.
Eng. Pallangyo explained that the prepaid water meters worked just like prepaid electricity meters, and the users would top up by mobile money so as to receive digits codes to ‘input’ unto the meters.
“We will soon start connecting consumers to prepaid water meters … any time they request for services in residential houses, he said.
Engineer Pallangypo said delays in clearing water bills remained a DUWASA’s major challenge in carrying out its operations, pointing out that its operating costs were high largely due to power related costs.
“I appeal to consumers to clear their water bills in time … our operating costs currently stand 500m/- per month,” he said.
He also intimated that DUWASA had since replaced its cash payments with an electronic payments system, pointing out the new system was administered by the Ministry of Finance and Planning through the Government Electronic Payment Gateway (GePG).