The meter replacement program, which covers 55 percent of the county's 184,000 small meters, will begin by the end of this year.
The model and cost of the meters will be determined when the county solicits bids and then the DeKalb Board of Commissioners votes on a contractor.
Water meters generally cost about $100 each, plus labor and installation expenses. At that rate, the total will exceed $10.2 million.
About 62,000 meters are outside of their life span, and 40,000 more manufactured before 2014 have potential factory defects. Some of these old Sensus iPerl meters malfunction when rainwater or other moisture gets inside.
The county will also replace 7 percent of its meters each year in the future, Thurmond said.
“This will ensure that we never have deficient, out-of-life cycle water meters again,” he said.
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