DeKalb County Police are warning residents about a recent rash of water meter thefts.
According to the DeKalb County- Center Precinct Facebook page,
"There has been a recent series of thefts of water meters. If you see
someone working on water meters either during the late night or early
morning hours, call 911 and report it. If DeKalb Governement (Water and
Sewer) is working on your water meter, there will be a marked county
truck on the scene with the DeKalb Government Logo."
Currently, DeKalb Watershed Management crews are working to replace
aging brass water meters with new ones made of a composite of plastic,
resin and carbon fiber. So far, there are 11,000 new water meters in the
field, according to a WM Department spokesman.
experience water meter theft should first call DeKalb Police and report
it and then call the DeKalb Watershed Management Department.
Someone from the WM Department will come out to replace the meter.
generally doesn't take too long" for the meters to be replaced, said
DeKalb Watershed Management Press Secretary Burke Brennan. A replacement
could be installed in about one to two days, he said.
said it's unlikely that the thefts will continue since the meters are
being replaced and the little value they hold if sold for scrap.
no practical application for a water meter other than a water meter,"
Brennan said. "Water meters are difficult items to steal for very little