Chapter 91—Water Meters

91.01 Purpose
91.02 Water Use Metered
91.03 Fire Sprinkler Systems- Exception
91.04 Location of Meters
91.05 Meter Setting
91.06 Meter Costs
91.07 Meter Repairs
91.08 Right of Entry
91.09 Meter Installation Fee
91.10 Accuracy Test

91.01 PURPOSE.

The purpose of this chapter is to encourage the conservation of water and facilitate the equitable distribution of charges for water service among customers.

91.02 WATER USE METERED.

All water furnished customers shall be measured through meters furnished by the City and installed by the City.

91.03 FIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEMS – EXCEPTION.

Fire sprinkler systems may be connected to water mains by direct connection without meters under the direct supervision of the Superintendent. No open connection can be incorporated in the system, and there shall be no valves except a main control valve at the entrance to the building which must be sealed open.

91.04 LOCATION OF METERS.

All meters shall be so located that they are easily accessible to meter readers and repairmen and protected from freezing.

91.05 METER SETTING.

The property owner shall provide all necessary piping and fittings for proper setting of the meter including a valve on the discharge side of the meter. Meter pits may be used only upon approval of the Superintendent and shall be of a design and construction approved by the Superintendent.

91.06 METER COSTS.

The full cost of any meter larger than that required for a single-family residence shall be paid to the City by the property owner or customer prior to the installation of any such meter by the City, or, at the sole option of the City, the property owner or customer may be required to purchase and install such meter in accordance with requirements established by the City.

91.07 METER REPAIRS.

Whenever a water meter owned by the City is found to be out of order the Superintendent shall have it repaired. If it is found that damage to the meter has occurred due to the carelessness or negligence of the customer or property owner, or the meter is not owned by the City, then the property owner shall be liable for the cost of repairs.

91.08 RIGHT OF ENTRY.

The Superintendent shall be permitted to enter the premises of any customer at any reasonable time to read, remove, or change a meter.

91.09 METER INSTALLATION FEE.

There shall be a fee charged to the property owner for each new installation of a water meter in accordance with the schedule of such fees approved by resolution of the Council.

91.10 ACCURACY TEST.

The Superintendent shall make a test of the accuracy of any water meter at any time when requested in writing, but not more often than once in six (6) months. Such request shall be accompanied by a refundable deposit of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) guaranteeing payment of costs if found due. If the meter is found to overrun to the extent of five percent (5%) or more, the cost of the test shall be paid by the City and a refund shall be made to the customer for overcharges collected since the last known date of accuracy but not for longer than three (3) months, plus the meter test deposit. If the meter is found to be accurate or slow, or less than five percent (5%) fast, the customer deposit shall be forfeited as the reasonable costs of the test, and the customer shall be liable for any deficiency over five percent (5%) up to three (3) months. For purposes of this section, all accuracy tests must be conducted by the Superintendent. The results of any owner testing shall not be acceptable.