“The only meters we have in stock are iPerl smart water meters, but this order of AccuStream meters gives us an alternative as the moratorium continues,” said DeKalb Chief Operating Officer Zach Williams in a statement Monday.
About 70,000 iPerl meters have been installed across the county since 2011. Meters manufactured before July 2014 have been malfunctioning when water touches sensitive equipment, resulting in erratic readings.
Unlike the iPerl meters, the AccuStream models use positive displacement technology to measure water consumption. The iPerl meters measure volume by electromagnetic flow technology.
County officials haven’t decided on a permanent water meter type. A new water meter contract will be awarded next year after a competitive bidding process.