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Pre-pay for utility bills in Sharjah soon

Water and electricity consumption in emirate to be monitored under new meter system

Pre-pay for utility bills in Sharjah soon

Sharjah authorities are launching a pre-paid system to regulate water use allowing residents to set their utility bills, an official has said.

Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority (SEWA) has completed a pilot project to rationalise electricity and water consumption and intends to roll it out across the emirate.

The pilot involved installing 1,500 prepaid water metering systems at residential, commercial and government properties across Muwaileh, the Hamriyah Free Zone and Sharjah Airport Free Zone, state news agency WAM reported.

A further 5,000 smart meters are being installed in industrial and commercial projects elsewhere across Sharjah, it said.

The metres use advanced technology to detect leaks at properties to avoid water wastage. They also allow occupiers to set water consumption to a predetermined level so they know how much their energy bills will cost.

According to SEWA, water consumption was reduced by 40 percent in government departments, 30 percent in mosques and 20 percent in residential complexes during the pilot.

The new devices are part of a government project to cut water and electricity consumption under the UAE’s National Strategy for Innovation, SEWA chairman Dr. Rashid Al Leem said.

According to Gulf News, Al Leem added that under the plan, Sharjah consumers will be able to read real-time as well as historical consumption data off the smart meter, allowing them to set targets and conserve water when necessary.

He said: “One of the smart meters we used is the smart water meter, which is almost prepaid. You can say, I want Sewa to charge me AED500 — this is my budget for water this month.

“We have a small device now that we program for you. For AED500 you get a certain amount of ‘water balance’.”

Al Leem added: “So now you decide your bill. We used it for water and it worked very well. Just like the prepaid cards for your phones, you can monitor your own utility billing system.

“Consumers can see with their own eyes how much they are consuming and that will prevent them from saying they were overcharged or undercharged.”

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danny 3 years ago

Dewa is already taking sufficient deposit, i am sure SEWA is also taking deposit. so what is this deposit ? i believe this is advance payment of more than a month's bill.