Zesco Senior Marketing and Public Relations Manager, Lucy Zimba has disclosed that the company will install prepaid meters to 80 per cent of its customers through out the country by 2011.
Ms Zimba told ZANIS in a telephone interview in Kitwe that the power utility had so far installed prepaid meters in Lusaka and has started a pilot project for the Copperbelt Province where 30 000 meters would be stalled in Ndola.
She disclosed that 2000 prepaid meters had so far been installed in some residential areas in Ndola and that the project would be extended to other parts of the province.
She added that the programme was aimed at reducing operational costs and improve on service delivery at a time when the company was facing various challenges in the energy sector
Ms Zimba added that the programme has enabled the company to get rid of the mass disconnections and accumulation of unnecessary bills by the customers as clients were now paying for what they consume only.
She further said that customers had welcomed and embraced the initiative of prepaid meters throughout the country.
She added that customers who are on the prepaid billing system were no longer receiving services on credit but are actually paying for the service before they use it.