Thousands of DeKalb residents will soon receive their first water bills in months as county officials have been working to correct inaccuracies.
DeKalb CEO Mike Thurmond announced Wednesday that the county is mailing 3,500 more water bills this week from the July and August billing period. In all, the county has now restarted billing for 16,500 of 37,000 customers whose billing was put on hold last October.
Before held bills are sent, they receive a thorough review, according to the county government.
“We have made significant progress,” Thurmond said in a statement. “The development and utilization of an Independent Verification Process (IVP) has expedited our review of customer accounts, water consumption and billing data.”
Though some of the customers haven’t seen a water bill since last fall, the latest batch of bills going out covers only the most recent billing cycle. Thurmond has said his immediate goal is to restore all of the county’s 194,000 water customers to regular billing. Bills for prior billing periods remain under review.
The county government outlined its verification process Wednesday:
Field technicians read a meter’s water consumption, verify the meter is functioning property and check that meter attributes match the account setup when there are concerns that billing inaccuracies originate with the meter itself.
Once field verification is complete, in-person meter readings are compared to those stored in the county’s computers. Billing calculations and printed bills are reviewed before they’re sent.
When necessary, inaccurate water meters are replaced and computer data are corrected. Bills over $500 are set aside for extra vetting.
All of the bills being sent are based on actual water consumption, and no bills are estimated, according to the county.
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