WMA screens over 108,00 water meters at Kibaha

20May 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
WMA screens over 108,00 water meters at Kibaha

More than 108,000 water meters have been inspected for standards by the Weights and Measures Agency (WMA) since the Kibaha-based Misugusugu verification centre started operating in March this year.

In the past, the inspection was being conducted by water authorities, but from last year the government facilitated the centre and started doing that task.

Speaking over the weekend, the head of technical operations at WMA Stella Kanywa said the centre operates 24 hours and has the ability to inspect 400 meters a day.

The official was addressing journalists, who visited the centre ahead of the World Measures Day to be commemorated on May, 20.

“There are various water projects that the government is carrying out and there is need to ensure that the meters are inspected,” she said.

She added that the agency currently has 10,000 meters by Dar es Salaam Water and Sewerage Corporation (Dawasa) which are expected to be inspected via computer.

According to her, any tenderer who is expected to distribute meters is expected to take them for inspection to the agency before being used. Currently the centre is able to weigh at -least 60 Lorries per day and is now being used also by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The centre uses water to test the meters because it is a liquid that does not change and that they have four huge water tanks that can store up to four million litres.

One of the drivers Deusdedit Pius from Primefuels said the inspection centre has reduced congestion along the Morogoro highway contrary to earlier when they were all required to go to a centre at Ilala where there is no parking.

WMA has other support weighing centres at Mbeya, Mtwara, Tanga, Kigoma, Mwanza, Shinyanga, Iringa which is open for public use to ensure they use quality weighed products.