A Bulawayo based company, has introduced new water conservation smart metering technology.
Witker Tholana, chief executive officer of Brainswork, said the new smart metering technology is not just a revenue collection strategy, but also mitigates the effects of climate change.
“I strongly feel that as a result of changing climate which has seen rainfall quantities reducing annually, it is time to take decisive action around water conservation.
“We do not have to wait for something to happen before we can take any action. A non-sense of urgency is reflective of a lack of good judgement and usually the results of non-action will breed a crisis in the future,” said Tholana in an interview with Green Energy Zimbabwe.
He said water leaks have become a cause of concern with municipalities desperately trying to conserve more water while attempting to decrease the amount of clean water being wasted through burst water pipes.
The new water saving technology also enables municipalities, individual households, institutions and companies to monitor and manage their water usage.
Tholana said the devices will address revenue collection challenges for local authorities who are losing a lot of revenue and water through water leaks.
“Most municipalities have been losing treated water due to pipe bursts, illegal water connections and non-functional meters thereby impacting on the delivery of clean potable water,” he said.
The chief executive officer said the smart water meters enables one to set daily, weekly and monthly consumption limits with penalty warnings.
“The gadgets can detect a possible leak and burst pipe with automated notification. The gadgets have … the ability to set consumption limits on electricity and gas,” said Tholana.
Plumtree and Gwanda municipalities as well as consumers in the two towns have already adopted the new water saving technology.
Tholana said the smart metering devices were not only limited to municipalitie, but can also be used by schools, churches companies and communities.
He revealed that the company was contemplating building a local manufacturing plant in the city.
“Plans are afoot to build a local manufacturing plant if more municipalities sign up for their products. This will make the devices more affordable and improve on the service delivery imperatives.
“The smart water meters puts the power back into the consumer’s hands and builds a strong sense of conservation by teaching users that water, gas and electricity are our most essential services that play a vital role in our economic and social development,” he added.