Government to introduce water meters by end of 2018

Government to introduce water meters by end of 2018

- The government wants to introduce a prepaid water metering system soon

- These meters will be installed in dense populations like Accra

-This move is to check the illegal connection of water pipelines

Ghanaians will begin to use prepaid water meters in 2018, according to the Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Joseph Kofi Adah.

Speaking to Joy FM on the midday news, the minister revealed that 80,000 prepaid units will be installed across densely populated areas in Accra, Kumasi as well as the Volta Region among others.

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The issue of using prepaid water meters attracted grave opposition when it was first brought up in the Mahama administration as Ghanaians complained about the effect it would have on the poor and marginalized.

But according to the minister, the installation of these meters will ensure the proper streamline of water distribution and usage in the country.

So far, the Ministry of Water and Sanitation has signed an agreement with a Danish firm, Kamstrup, for the provision of smart water meters and related systems.

The water-metering firm will be supplying the government with 500,000 smart water meters and a system to enable remote meter reading.

The smart water meters will help improve management of water resources for Ghana to address the challenge of water scarcity.

In addition, the system will ensure consumers are accurately billed, leakage is quickly detected and meter tampering detected to reduce non-revenue water.

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Ghana’s non-revenue water currently stands at 50% of all treated water. Remote meter reading reduces fraud and operational costs associated with manual meter reading.

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