Chapter 13.28


13.28.010    Responsibility for installation and maintenance.

13.28.020    Location.

13.28.030    No charge to city for placement on private property.

13.28.040    Under-registering caused by tampering.

13.28.050    Damage by hot water – Repair cost responsibility.

13.28.060    Joint service.

13.28.010 Responsibility for installation and maintenance.

Water meters on domestic service shall be placed, installed and maintained within the discretion of the water department, and shall remain the property of the city regardless of location. (Ord. 240 Art. 7 § 1, 1958)

13.28.020 Location.

The location of the meter or meters used in measuring the customer’s use of water must be in a place satisfactory to the city before service will be supplied. Ordinarily the meter will be installed outside the building and between the property line and curb. Where meters are at present or may be installed within a building, the city will not be held responsible for damage from water seepage through the wall, nor from damages from leaking meters, pipes or fittings. (Ord. 240 Art. 7 § 2, 1958)

13.28.030 No charge to city for placement on private property.

No rent or other charges whatever shall be made by the customer against the city for placing or maintaining meters upon the premises of the customer. (Ord. 1344 § 2, 1999; Ord. 578 § 1, 1976; Ord. 573 § 1, 1976; Ord. 240 Art. 7 § 3, 1958)

13.28.040 Under-registering caused by tampering.

If a meter under-registers the amount of water due to tampering with the meter, and/or piping, or in other ways causing under-registration, the service may be discontinued, and will not be reconnected until the customer has made adjustment for the loss of revenue and given satisfactory assurance that there will be no more tampering to cause under-registration. (Ord. 240 Art. 7 § 4, 1958)

13.28.050 Damage by hot water – Repair cost responsibility.

If a meter is damaged by hot water from the customer’s line, the customer will be required to pay for the cost of repairs and for the loss of revenue occasioned by the damage, and further, the customer shall immediately make the necessary corrections to his own water lines to prevent further damage to the city meter. (Ord. 240 Art. 7 § 5, 1958)

13.28.060 Joint service.

When two or more houses, buildings or other premises are occupied by separate customers, and are supplied from a single service connection, the owner or owners shall immediately, upon notice from the director, separate each customer’s lines and connect up to individual services and if separate services are not established within a reasonable time thereafter, the service shall be shut off and further service refused. Such joint service may, however, be continued at the option of the director providing one owner is responsible and agrees to pay the total water bill for two or more premises. Computation of the total bill for flat rate services shall be made by adding the total of the separate use classifications of the premises. Computation of the total bill for meter services shall be based on multiplying the quantity in each bracket of the rate schedule by the number of consumers on one meter. The minimum monthly charge shall be the regular minimum monthly charge multiplied by the number of consumers served. (Ord. 1140 § 1, 1994; Ord. 240 Art. 7 § 6, 1958)