Electronic Water Billing
19/2/2018 12:00 am
[rtl] Abdul-Zahra Mohammed al-Hindawi
requires the current phase to follow the rational uses of water used to reduce the incidence of waste, especially in the summer in the coolers, where consumption rates to unprecedented levels, especially as the summer in Iraq is very hot and the sun is always shining to raise temperatures to more than Half the boiling point.
Imagine, in such a flaming atmosphere, there are those who can not find water to extinguish the fire that is raging, it suffers from drought and lack of water because of the lack of quantities and lack of access to where it should arrive at the end of the areas and residential neighborhoods in Baghdad and its suburbs and other cities and provinces, Their arrival is not only because the quantities produced are low, but because of the excessive consumption by social groups at the expense of other categories.
All of this is due to the cheap price of water consumed, which is almost free when compared to the cost of real production or compared to neighboring countries, and certainly when we talk about the causes of drinking water scarcity permanently and sharply in the summer should not forget the reference to the phenomenon of slums, On services, in the capital alone there are more than 1000 randomized.
Water officials in the municipal districts say that the real cost per cubic meter of potable water is 180 dinars, while consumers are charged at 12 dinars per cubic meter. Most homes and water consumption sites are still without measures to calculate the quantities consumed, The collection operations are based on an estimate and according to the assessment of the collector of the case and the collection is carried out every two or four months.
In spite of the modest amounts of the collection, but there are many consumers do not pay their debts, which causes permanent deficit in the potential of the municipal departments involved, and not pay the wages of water is not limited to citizens, but there are a lot of government agencies did not pay what it Of the dues of water consumption, especially after 2014 due to the lack of financial allocation, and as a result, the rate of receipt of wages did not exceed 60 percent, which means that 40 percent of wages outstanding.
In light of the continued scarcity of water due to the reasons mentioned above, is it possible to find appropriate solutions to this problem, which continues to threaten segments of society, despite the increase in the proportion of workers with water networks to the levels of 84% over the whole of Iraq and 89% at the urban level and in the countryside 70% .
There are available solutions that can be adopted to reduce the effects of the problem. In addition to the need to increase production capacity to increase the quantities pumped to consumers, standards must be provided and put in all homes and institutions to measure the quantities consumed accurately before thinking of increasing wages. On the development of smart metrics, or so-called (electronic billing).
This system allows reading and following the standards through smart devices even without the need to enter the houses by the collectors, and we know that there are steps taken by the concerned parties in this context, but there is opposition by the collectors for unknown reasons.
On the other hand, the various media, especially the satellite channels, should devote part of their daily broadcasting to educational and awareness campaigns for citizens, urging them to rationalize their consumption of water in order to ensure their availability to all. If today we enjoy abundant water in the Tigris and Euphrates And the tributaries, the data confirm the decline in water rates in the two rivers as a result of the lack of rain, although the past few days saw the arrival of rainfall, but below the level of ambition, as well as the policies of some of the neighboring water countries to some of them, all these data warning of a water crisis in the future to.
This requires us to take more preventive measures to reduce the impact of the potential crisis and in the forefront of these measures, rationalization of consumption, and this rationalization will not be achieved without practical measures and educational campaigns [/rtl]
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