Speaking during an interface meeting in Salima, the Board’s Public Relations Officer Zephaniah Mumba, said the first phase of installation has a total number of 410 meters amounting to K220 million.
“We have selected a few customers that are in the first phase. The work is really costly that is why we cannot roll it out on every customer. We have planned to do the job in phases and we will continue with other customers based on the availability of the funds,” explained Mumba.
Mumba added that the project has a great potential of controlling water consumption as customers will be able to budget for the water they intent to use at a given period of time.
“We have had a lot of contested bills. Customers sometimes have problems with bills that come at the end of the month. This is the best way for them to regulate, calculate and have a fixed amount in as far as their water consumption is concerned,” he explained.
The prepaid meter installation targets Salima District Council premises both Urban & Rural, Salima District Hospital, Salima Secondary School, District Education Manager Office among others.