Title: The Limits and Possibilities of Prepaid Water in Urban Africa: Lessons from the Field

Languages: English

Type: Document

Published: January 1, 2014

Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

Country: Global / Non-Specific

Sectors: Water and Sanitation

Keywords: Public Sector, PPP unit


Document Details:

The Limits and Possibilities of Prepaid Water in Urban Africa: Lessons from the Field by
Chris Heymans, Kathy Eales and Richard Franceys, Water and Sanitation Program (WSP), World Bank Group August 2014.

On average, cities and towns in Africa are growing at 5 percent a year — faster than anywhere else in the world. Water service providers face challenges to meet this growing demand, and many lack the resources to do so. Meeting the demand, especially in the rapidly expanding unserved poor settlements, requires new thinking and innovation. This is one reason why there has been a surge in interest among sub-Saharan African water service providers in prepaid water systems. This study analyzes the experience of 8 African cities using prepaid meter systems.

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Tracking Number: Africa_Prepaid Water in Urban Africa_EN.pdf

Updated: March 28, 2021