Pre-paid water metres welcome

EDITOR — I write in response to the pre-paid water metres to be installed starting from mid-May 2016 in Harare.

Hopefully, the idea will be implemented countrywide. The pre-paid water system has come as an advantage. The system is normally made up of point of sale units, token cards or prepayment meters.

This enables us as consumers to directly pre-budget, monitor and have absolute control over our own water usage or expenditure.

We will budget the amount of water needed within a period of time. We will therefore only pay for what we use and spared the irritation and inconveniences associated with the settling accumulated bills normally beyond our immediate financial means.

In addition, we will be spared from the rituals of council officials entering our premises to deliver or collect bills.

The system is designed to enhance convenience for both the consumer and the supplier as a water management device.

However, I believe this will only work for as long as there is a 24-hour water supply and we have credit on our water meter. Section 77 of Zimbabwe Constitution says, “every person has a right to safe water (b) sufficient food and the state must take reasonable legislative and other measures within the progressive realisation of this.” 

Because it will be irritating to buy credit and only to discover that there is no water for days in the system.

With pre-paid meters there will be no more outstanding accounts or any penalties to pay for disconnection and reconnection.

Therefore, there will be no need for dispute and time consuming reconciliation. On the other hand, the council is given room to operate efficiently without any confrontations with consumers over unpaid bills.

I am much convinced that inside the water meter, there must be a temper proof device with lifelong total data integrity to prevent the usual controversy and dispute between council and consumers over the billing system and collection.

I may ask questions like what will happen to the billing of  public water taps and those usual water loses on burst pipelines?

Pardon Makunike

Zimre Park

 

Comments (2)

Water is a mandatory need not a relative need. You can do without electricity but not without water. Chisatan chenyu makuchiwanza. Fire upon you

vamwe vanotorwarakanavasingarware - 29 April 2016

asi iwe hausikuda kubhadhara here zvangonzi its prepaid not kuti hakuchina boss

chimbwido - 24 May 2016

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