The Windhoek municipality is planning to roll out the installation of prepaid water meters to reduce residents’ water-consumption debts. The Namibian newspaper reports that the prepaid devices will replace current water meters, which have been blamed for residents’ skyrocketing water bills. This plan is contained in a document submitted at the municipality’s council meeting last month, which states that the prepaid water meters would operate on the same principle as prepaid electricity meters. This means consumers would purchase prepaid water “directly from vendors or by way of cellular phone options” as with electricity.