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NWSC to develop own Smart Metering System

NWSC Managing director Dr. Eng. Silver Mugisha speaks  during the launch of a performance improvement programme by Kampala Water. Photo by Badru Afunadula.

The National water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) is developing a prepaid water metering system and is also working on plans to assemble water meters in Uganda.

This has been revealed by the NWSC Managing Director, Dr. Eng. Silver Mugisha, during the launch of a performance improvement programme by Kampala Water.

Among the aims of the performance improvement programme is continuous engagement of customers and stakeholder.

It is also aimed at improving field supervision and quick response to customer concerns and accelerated service delivery through the water network extensions and sewer extensions.

NWSC public relations manager Sam Apedel (right) and other officials during the launch. Photo by Badru Afunadula.

According to Mugisha, NWSC will develop its own pre-paid metering system instead of spending $44 million 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.

The Kampala water Senior manager Western zone, Richard Muhangi, said the corporation is thinking of better ways to serve the customers each day.

In addition, NWSC in it’s corporate plan 2018-2021 has plans to set up a local meter assembling plant to provide jobs for Ugandans and reduce the delays that are experienced when importing water meters.

The corporation will also develop partnerships in the production of pelletes and biofuel through sewage sludge reuse.

“This will provide an alternative fuel source and mitigate the effects of tree cutting for cooking.”

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