Solving this problem is perfectly aligned with SDG #6.
In Europe, we don’t consider paying for water after consumption as buying on credit. In Africa, millions of Africans need clean water, but don’t have enough credit to consume before paying for their water.
Additionally, in some countries in Africa utilities waste up to 80% of their fresh, clean, drinkable water on its way to the consumer. Our work with South African and Ghanese water utilities have shown that they can get massive advantages out of smart metering, not only for correct billing but importantly to minimize Non-Revenue-Water, lost in pipes or stolen.
Kamstrup will gain access to an unserved market with a business model that allows consumers to get clean water, utilities to get paid and, with data, solve their NRW problems.
Millions of Africans can’t get clean water – not because it’s not available, but because they can’t get credit.
Solving this problem is perfectly aligned with SDG #6, so it’s not just an African problem, it’s a World Problem.
Locally, it’s a problem for millions of poor Africans that can’t get clean water, as well as a problem for African utilities that have clean water to serve their constituents.
The general economical sustainability among families and individuals are limited. This has resulted in a culture where you pay in advance for services and products. To ensure revenue water utilities are dependent on a robust and intuitive prepayment solution.
Online pre-payment platform that in some way controls the state (open/closed) of a valve at the tap.
Has not been tried.
Access to electrical power to control a valve.
In Africa the concept of prepayment is broadly used: