It’s no secret that water conservation has become a focal point of discussion around the world – but even more so over the last years. The Western Cape has been experiencing a severe drought over the last 3 years but this is not the only place, other areas in South Africa and countries around the world are being affected too. According to World Wild Life, by 2025, two-thirds of the world’s population may face water shortages. Water covers 70% of our planet, and it is easy to think that it will always be plentiful. However, freshwater, the stuff we drink, bathe in, irrigate our farm fields with, is incredibly rare: only 3% of the world’s water is freshwater. Saving water has become more crucial than ever, and even though we are entering the rainy seasons in some parts of South Africa, people should still manage their water properly.

How can prepaid water meters help landlords and tenants conserve water?

Control
Tenants are in control of how much water they’re using and how often. They don’t have to worry about building up debt as they purchase water tokens, making them more aware of their consumption. A prepaid water meter will ensure that the tenant remains within their budget, and prevents any large and unexpected utility bills at month end.

Awareness
It is very difficult for tenants to judge their water usage. In hotter parts of the country, watering gardens and mismanaging swimming pools can lead to excessive use, leaving tenants unaware of how much water they are actually using. Through Citiq Prepaid water meters, tenants always have an idea of what their remaining balance is since it’s displayed clearly on the meter screen. This helps them avoid nasty surprises and allows them to be more mindful of consumption.

Reporting
Property owners have access to extensive reports and other tools to manage their tenants’ usage, via a login on the Citiq Prepaid website.

Reduced Admin
Water bills can cause numerous issues for property owners, as unexpectedly high costs could leave the owner having to take on the payments. This could lead to unnecessary admin and time spent dealing with the municipality, while debt collection costs on unpaid utility bills could also factor in.

Purchasing Tokens
There are a number of convenient ways to buy tokens for Citiq Prepaid meters, both online or even at a number of retail stores – making it simple and convenient to stay topped up.

When choosing to install prepaid water meters through Citiq Prepaid, you can be sure that you will be getting a high quality product as well as extensive support. A prepaid water meter offers landlords, property managers and developers the chance to put utility management in their hands, and not leave them prone to surprise costs. Water meters are often judged on average use, while there have been countless reports of misread meters which can lead to high costs and time wasted sorting out bills. For more information visit www.citiqprepaid.co.za.