Uganda National Bureau of standards (UNBS) in partnership with Umeme and the Electricity Regulatory Authority has embarked on prepaid power meter verification exercises to ascertain the accuracy of the meters.
The verification exercise aims at protecting the power consumers and the distributor in order to avoid losses through the fault meters.
According to Edward Ekuru, a Legal Metrologist at UNBS, the body has been receiving complaints from the public concerning faultiness among some prepaid meters.
“Our meter’s verification exercise is aiming at protecting the consumer and the utility company to promote fair trade. We want to check the meters to see that both parties are not cheating each other,” He explained.
Ekuru noted that once the meters over serve in the fields, they develop technical faults which sometimes end up either benefiting the consumers or the power distributor.
According to Ekuru, UNBS and Umeme are targeting to verify at least 10000 meters country wide, starting with Kampala city which has the greatest number of customers already connected on the prepaid system.
“We have stated with Kampala because of the large population, but the exercise will cover the whole country and those meters found with technical faultiness will be retained,” He said.
According to UNBS Head of Public Relations, Godwin Bonge Muhwezi, UNBS will be carrying out verification on all meters imported into the country to ensure that customers are not cheated.
Ben Manyindo, the UNBS Chief Executive Officer while addressing the media at the Uganda Media Center, also added that UNBS verified 6,500 electricity meters between July and December 2017.
Uganda National Bureau of Standards is mandated by the Law to verify the accuracies of prepaid power meters after five years.