Dar es Salaam utility company to replace thousands of water metres

The new devices

The new devices

Dar es Salaam Water and Sewerage Corporation (DAWASCO), and other utility companies across Tanzania are set to reinstall electric water metres in residential households and businesses in bid to address inaccuracies which account for water theft and loss of revenues.

The metres to be replaced have been stolen, hacked or have malfunctioned.

Deputy Minister in the water ministry, Amos Makalla issued a directive today when inspecting ongoing expansion of the 56 kilometre-long Lower Ruvu water distribution pipeline from Bagamoyo to Dar es Salaam.

According to the deputy minister the modern devices currently available at the Water Depot (Maji Central Store) in the ministry can also help reduce complaints from water customers compelled to pay for water they did not use.

“There has been a wide-circulating concern amongst water customers who have been required to pay bills even if they did not get service … this is the solution to the problem and I urge water authorities to effectively use these devices,” Makalla said Thurdsay.

Maji Central Store, Chief Supplies Officer, Crepin Bulamu said already the store was working on supplying at least 35,000 new water metres to the DAWASCO.

He explained that the new devices already installed upcountry were imported from Austria, Turkey and German.

“The devices are very powerful and of good quality and can help reduce water meter hacking which accounts for loses of revenues among public water utilities,” he told the deputy minister.

Bulamu was quick to note that various upcountry water authorities had not cleared their debt amounting to Sh500 million after ordering a number of water treatment products and services.

“We’re glad that the ministry is now working on the matter and we hope the debt will be cleared in the soonest,” he said pointing out the department was also short-staffed and lacks permanent office structures.

The Sh141 billion project funded by the US Millennium Challenge Compact (MCC) is implemented to boost supply from 192 million litres a day to 270 million.