DeKalb County Watershed Management Department plans to install wireless transmitters on water meters in hopes of eliminating inaccurate water bills.

The department will install the devices on up to 40,000 locations this year, department Director Scott A. Towler said in a statement released by the county this week. The devices will report water meter readings, Towler said.

Towler said the devices will help eliminate the misreading of meters and inaccurately estimated bills.  The devices also will allow for better leak detection within the water system, as spikes in water usage can be instantly identified using a software monitoring system, the department said.

“This is a major step forward to improve the accuracy of water bills for our DeKalb County water customers,” Interim CEO Lee May said in the release.  “This applied technology will improve customer service and support our commitment to improve billing accuracy, because it eliminates meter-reading errors.”

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