Lately customers and Water Distribution Companies have been engage in arguments because customers thinks they are being cheated. According to the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, water efficiency means using improved technologies and practices that deliver equal or better service with less water.
Fortunately, a smart prepaid water metering system developed by computer engineering students of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, is set to save the cost of operation of water Distribution Companies and ensure prompt payment of water bills.
The final year students Awudi Eric Okyere, Quarm Sylvanus and Ebenezer Azumah with the supervisor and Benjamin Kommey decided to design a meter which can measure the volume of water consumed electronically, synchronise meter record remotely, track and update metering data remotely.
Ebenezer Azumah said We wanted to design a meter that allows users to track water usage using an APP and Water companies can track all meters deployed all over the world.
Quarm Sylvanus also said, when you’re not around and water is overflowing the plot will tell you water is still flowing meaning Tap has been opened or there’s either problem with the meter meaning the plot signals a fault to be solved.
The system consists of a web app, hardware, processor and a mobile APP, the mobile App uses mobile money to make a payment for water consumed.