Prepaid Water Meters

Report: The Limits and Possibilities of Prepaid Water in Urban Africa: Lessons from the Field

On average, cities and towns in Africa are growing at 5 percent a year — faster than anywhere else in the world. Water service providers face challenges to meet this growing demand, and many lack the resources to do so. Meeting the demand, especially in the rapidly expanding unserved poor settlements, requires new thinking and innovation. This is one reason why there has been a surge in interest among sub-Saharan African water service providers in prepaid water systems. A new study from the World Bank Group’s Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) analyzed the experience of 8 African cities using prepaid meter systems.

Full Report   |  Executive Summary (English | French)


Kampala, Uganda Mogale City, South Africa
Lusaka, Zambia Nairobi, Kenya
Maputo, Mozambique Nakuru, Kenya
Maseru, Lesotho Windhoek, Namibia


Feature story: Assessment of Eight African Cities Explores Limitations and Possibilities of Prepaid Meter Systems

Blog: Lessons from the Field about Prepaid Water in Urban Africa