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Press Release

Itron Estimated as Top Global Supplier of Water Meters and Communications Modules

LIBERTY LAKE, Wash.—December 14, 2011—Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITRI) announced today that it is ranked number one in a number of market position estimates in the latest water meter market analysis report published by IMS Research. The report, The World Market for Water Meters—2011 Edition, published in October 2011 and authored by Nicole Juarez, estimates Itron to have the top unit share position globally for a number of segments, including Total World Water Meter Shipments, Total World Water Communications Modules and Total World Domestic Water Meters.

Itron is a global leader in providing innovative water resource management solutions—from meters, leak detection devices and communication modules, to network infrastructure and back-office data collection and analytic software—that enable utilities to manage supply, optimize usage and conserve resources. Itron's reliable water metering technology shipped to more customers around the world than any other meter supplier last year.

"Itron takes its leadership position seriously, particularly during such a critical time in the industry when water suppliers around the world are facing growing populations and infrastructure challenges," said Marcel Regnier, Itron president and COO, Water. "In developing countries, providing people with secure, potable water is the primary concern; yet, in the most developed countries, making distribution systems more reliable, smarter and energy efficient are key drivers for technology investments, together with improved consumer service. At Itron, we offer tailored solutions to meet our customers' unique business needs, and I believe this is why we are a leading global provider today."

To learn more about IMS Research, visit http://www.imsresearch.com.


About Itron

Itron enables utilities and cities to safely, securely and reliably deliver critical infrastructure services to communities in more than 100 countries. Our portfolio of smart networks, software, services, meters and sensors helps our customers better manage electricity, gas and water resources for the people they serve. By working with our customers to ensure their success, we help improve the quality of life, ensure the safety and promote the well-being of millions of people around the globe. Itron is dedicated to creating a more resourceful world. Join us: www.itron.com.

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