Speaking to Khaleej Times, Rashid Al Leem, Director-General of the Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (Sewa), said under the instruction of His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, to use advanced technology in services, the authority will soon replace power meters in all residential, commercial and industrial buildings in Sharjah with most advanced and smart ones to ensure quality and accuracy of reading.
“We receive a large number of complaints from the public regarding inaccurate recording of their power consumption and we have to send technicians to fix the fault. The new meters will be of high quality in performance,” he said The Sewa is making all efforts to be on the top list of government departments that use smart technology in its services.
Al Leem said they are now in the process of meeting international companies that provide smart meters. We already had a meeting with delegates from Slovenia and discussed the methods of installing a type of smart meter and its application,” he said. The smart meters would also contribute to the rationalisation of power consumption and help the authority cope with the demand.
Consumers in Sharjah have welcomed authority’s move. They say it will solve the issue of high bills due to inaccurate reading by the traditional meter “You are back from holidays and you get a shock of your life seeing the electricity and water bills. Even while your house was closed for weeks, you have been slapped with a steep bill. Installing of smart meters would solve this problem,” said Prabhakaran Kumar, a resident.