Smart Meters to Enhance Access to Water Services in Rural Africa
An estimated 663 million people lack access to clean and safe drinking water in the world today. Mobile money services have opened new frontiers in the development and promotion of livelihood services for the mass market. GSMA’s Mobile for Development Utilities – Innovation Fund supports pilot projects, which test innovations that promote access to water and energy through pay-as-you-go (PAYG) systems, such as smart water meters.
This publication discusses the three important challenges (access, quality, and payment), which restrict the provision of water and other basic utilities to low-income populations, and offers solutions for enhancing access to water in Africa.