Sustainable Water and Sanitation in Africa (SUWASA) is a regional initiative of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), implemented by Tetra Tech, with a mission of fostering the transformation of water and sanitation delivery services in Africa to achieve long-term financial sustainability through the application of market-based principles. SUWASA is designed to spread effective models of reform at the water utility and sector levels, and to facilitate innovative financing approaches for African water providers.
In Nakuru, SUWASA is partnered with the national Water Services Trust Fund (WSTF), the local utility Nakuru Water and Sanitation Services Company (NAWASSCO) and Family Bank to install 95 public water meters providing service to six low-income areas. Users draw water from meters using a prepaid token which is loaded with value via M-Pesa Bill Pay. A digital display on the meter lets the consumer know how much water they have received and tracks the remaining credit.