Tap leakages are among the biggest contributors to the loss of fresh water in South Africa. As the country is water scarce, a new innovation hopes to bring positive change using smart meters. The technology has been developed by Lesira- Teq, acompany based in Pretoria established in 2003. These smart meters share data to consumers using mobile phones.
Gauteng News had an opportunity to speak to Lesira-TeqCEO Edwin Sibiya. Sibiya said the company has transformed into a digital reading company since 2006.
“Consumers were able to monitor their consumptions in rand and cents at the palm of their hands using their smart phones. Lesira-Teq prides itself in being the first global, black-owned IT enabled Smart Meter Manufacturer. We are committed to using 4IR to solve the water crisis faced in South Africa,” said CEO Edwin Sibiya.
The firm’s main aim is to supply world class technological advanced smart metering solutions on a global scale. It believes that its new technology can play a role towards achieving control of water consumption.
In December 2019, the minister of Water and Sanitation Lindiwe Sisulu had released a R900bn water master plan to tackle water woes. Smart water meters provide residents with knowledge on water consumption and help municipalities in SA to detect leaks through their smart meters.
Sibiya said that Lesira-Teq has designed and manufactured smart meters that uses long range wireless communication using the internet.
“The smart water meter uses a mobile app that can be downloaded on a smart phone. The Smart meters can solve water consumptions problems. It gives consumers peace of mind,”
“Smart water meter can be turned up for getting automatic notifications when a leak has been detected. Municipalities can now get an automatic generation of consumption report per zone or stand and all gathered data is exportable to billing systems”, concluded Sibiya.