Kenya: Safaricom, Kenya Water Institute Partner to Deploy Smart Water System

Nairobi — Safaricom has partnered with the Kenya Water Institute (KEWI) to build capacity in the water sector, in line with Sustainable Development Goal 6, which seeks to ensure the availability and sustainable management of clean water and sanitation for all.

Through the partnership, Safaricom will deploy a smart water system at KEWI’s Nairobi and Kitui campuses to facilitate practical training.

It will additionally co-create and run a smart water management curriculum for students at the institution.

“Safaricom is committed to its vision of being a purpose-led technology company by 2025. As part of this journey, we continue to partner with stakeholders to bring this vision to life,” Safaricom CEO Peter Ndegwa said.

“We recognise the importance of working with training institutions on relevant technology skills and onboarding the young generation in our Internet of Things (IoT) process as early as possible,” Ndegwa added.

Smart water management entails leveraging Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to manage the abstraction, production, distribution, and consumption of water.

The smart water meters provide an effective way of collecting data online in real-time.

They ensure effective monitoring of utility consumption data thereby detecting loss & leakage, ensuring accurate billing, enhancing revenue collection, improving operational efficiency, and as a result saving costs.

“We understand the place of IoT and as such we continue to embrace different technologies. Central to creating the Smart Meter and making it work is the IoT technology,” the CEO said.