eMadzi Project is a water project in Malawi which requires residents to use their credit cards to pay for water. 10l of water costs K3.8 while 20l requires K7.6 as indicated in the video below.
The project was reportedly implemented in communal water points in peri-urban areas. The initiative can, however, limit the have-nots’ access to water.
Debates on whether water should be prepaid or not has stalled the installation of prepaid water meters in Zimbabwe’s local government authorities.
Residents’ representatives, including Harare Residents’ Trust, have often said that the initiative robs the residents of the right to water which is enshrined in section 77 of the Constitution.
They say that when an individual does not have money at hand, that would mean that they do not have access to water which will likely result in the outbreak of diseases including cholera and typhoid.
Those who support the installation of prepaid water meters, on the other hand, say that they are currently paying for water stolen or lost before reaching their homes as local authorities are estimating monthly use.