Maji Milele is a distributor of a wide variety of high quality prepaid water meters. We have prepaid water meters for communal water points, for domestic connections (also with AMR/AMI), for purified water ATMs and for irrigation. All prepaid water meters are connected to an online monitoring system for tracking daily payments and water consumption. Online monitoring helps to detect leakages and illegal connections and greatly reduces non-revenue water.
We supply prepaid water meters from 3 different suppliers in the world, each with different features and advantages. Our premium supplier for prepaid communal meters is Susteq in the Netherlands, but we also sell similar meters from Iniative (India) and prepaid meters for individual connections from Laison (China).
Prepaid water meters can be installed at all kind of water points. This varies from prepaid water meters for household connections (payment only through Mpesa / picture see below) to prepaid meters for communal usage that require special cards or tags for water consumption. On the picture you see 2 taps. The third tap is hidden behind the scarf of the lady. The latter type of meters can be used for hand pumps as well as in water kiosks and stand pipes. The automated and 100% transparent revenue collection is a great asset. Equally important is the online management information that helps to signal leakages, illegal connections and sometimes even upcoming breakdowns.
Prepaid water meters are also being used by water purification companies that can now sell purified water via Purified water ATMs. This allows customers to get purified water at a price of about 20% of bottled water, while enabling the entrepreneur to make good profits.
Main advantages of prepaid water meters
- no cash money involved – mobile payment
- 100% online transparency
- reduction of non-revenue water to near 0%
- no kiosk buildings needed
- no operators/caretakers needed
- 24/7 service.
New features of prepaid water meters per 2018
- option of capping water consumption per day/week/month, which is an alternative for water rationing, a bad practise that is increasingly needed in parts of Africa that are affected by droughts and climate change.
- variable pricing option: this enables smart pricing, for example to provide access to water for the ultra-poor at reduced rates (progressive pricing structure) or the other way around: it allows purified water companies to make more profits by setting prices that mirror the prices of bottled water (regressive pricing structure).
- Mobile payment, now also for prepaid water meters for communal usage.