September 29, 2003 [Solaraccess.com] Philippines-based WorldWater Inc., a subsidiary of WorldWater Corporation, and the Municipality of Ronda, Cebu, Philippines, inaugurated the world’s first solar powered, prepaid municipal water distribution system on September 27 in Ronda, located on the southwest coast of Cebu, an island in the middle group of the Philippine archipelago. For the first time, a municipal water distribution system utilizes smart card technology as a financing solution for community water production and to remove problems associated with the payment collection process. The Ronda system uses WorldWater’s AquaCard debit card system, which operates directly with WorldWater’s AquaMeter solar pumping stations throughout the community. The project was made possible by a commercial loan from the Philippine National Bank (PNB), and required no special subsidies or grants. The system offers clean, reliable drinking water to residents, who pay for water via a debit card similar to a prepaid phone card.