In his February 2021 State of the Nation Address, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that several new post-apartheid cities are being conceptualised across the country.

Ushering in the development of smart cities; several industries are planning for the reality of smart cities and smart homes. With the urbanisation of cities across the country, water management is vital to recycle and manage this scarce resource. Many real estate developers are becoming conscious of incorporating technology with improved methods of water management. Residents of gated communities are aware that efficient water management not only ensures a continuous supply of water but also minimises the wastage of it.

Residents in gated communities prefer to use smart prepaid water meters to manage their water usage. This comes with several benefits, namely, residents can properly manage their spending water usage and can also properly budget for future usage.

PPM Utility Management Solutions, a Cape Town based supplier of smart prepaid water meters, has been supplying real estate developers with reliable smart meters since 2014. Having been a consistent supplier of this market, PPM Utility Management Solutions Operations Director, GJ Bester, states that gated community residents have now started cutting down on their daily water usage through smart prepaid water meters that are capable of reading water consumption in individual units and offer the consumption to the consumer in real time.

“Analysis of our customer data proves that gated communities that have implemented smart prepaid water meters have reduced their overall consumption by 35% with less bill headache and dispute from body corporate. They intern save energy costs as lesser water than before is pumped to overhead distribution tanks. By using smart prepaid water meters, residents can save money that would otherwise have been spent on a fixed monthly water bill,” he added.

“Our long-term partnership with Lesira-Teq has already yielded remarkable imprint of Smart Prepaid Water Metering technology into the private market through gated communities and we are now moving the technology into the 4IR using IOT as communication platform where data usage will be viewed on smartphones. Our teams work in unison to continuously develop new solutions, share experiences through knowledge transfer and peer review mechanisms to develop a World Class competitive product. To remain a trusted supplier in this market, it is important to sustain the quality and reliability of the product to ensure the customer has no problems with their water consumption. Using reliable smart prepaid metering products, we are confident in our ability to be the market leader in implementing these solutions within smart cities and other gated communities across the African continent,” concluded GJ.