The events of the year 2020 have had a big impact on businesses across the world which has necessitated some drastic adjustments in transacting business. This new reality has been a wake-up call for business owners and reinforced the need to digitize transaction and service delivery.
Hydrologistics Africa HydrolQ, a Kenyan Water and Utility start up is already thinking ahead by launching a smart billing app that enables digital water payment and billing. Yes, you read right.
Similar to electricity billing meters, the company just introduced an innovative app that digitizes the entire value chain from billing, metering, payment and customer service. The founders of the start-up, Victor Shikoli and Brian Bosire reiterated that the idea behind the application was to bridge the gap between availability and transparency and eliminate the attendant problems of fraud, high cost and manual metering.
However, to achieve this objective, they recognized the need for available water data.
According to Shikoli, “Making water data available is the first step towards understanding theglobal water demand trends and better avoid many more day zeroes in future. ”
Like all business proposition, where a need is identified followed by urge to solve the problem, the application was conceived as a solution to end the perennial problem of non-supply and high rates of water.
In the same vein, Bosire says, “Our goal is to unlock digital potential by bringing transparency in access and distribution of water across Africa, by taking advantage of online and mobile payment. ”
The smart billing application, through its network, is reported to have delivered more than 3million litres with more than 13 thousand household in its pipeline pre-launch.
With real estate and water supply companies already in partnership, the company’s goal to digitize water supply and infrastructure would no longer be an impossibility.