Africa Water Enterprises: Using IoT to monitor and introduce pre-payment for remote water stands in The Gambia
In 2015, Africa Water Enterprises (AWE) was awarded a grant from the GSMA Mobile for Development Utilities programme to install 100 eWATERtaps in The Gambia. The eWATER system managed water distribution and bill collection to improve revenues and fix broken water points, a persistent problem arising from a lack of information and funds for repairs. Previously, water taps in rural areas were managed by village water committees that collected fees manually and maintained the taps. The collections were not systematic and often not recorded, and this human error led to financial losses, the water pumps not being serviced regularly and few funds for repairs.