§ 52.05 METERS.
   (A)   No premises shall be connected with the city's water system, nor shall any premise be served with the city water, without the installation of a water meter suitable in size and properly functioning so as to correctly determine the amount of water used; nor shall it be permissible to serve two or more premises with one meter. (Prior Code, § 17-305)
   (B)   (1)   In connecting any premises with the city's water supply system, the Water Superintendent shall require a sufficiently-sized copper service line from the water main to the water meter.
      (2)   The meter shall be located near the property line of the premises to be served.
      (3)   The water meter shall be of sufficient depth in the ground to prevent freezing and shall be protected and covered with a meter box whose design has been approved by the Utility Superintendent.
      (4)   All connections to the water system shall be made to a public main adjacent to or abutting the property being served. No water service lines shall be constructed across adjacent properties in private easements in order to connect to a water main which is not adjacent to or abutting the property being served.
(Prior Code, § 17-306)
   (C)   (1)   All water meters installed by the city shall be and remain the property of the city, and shall not be removed unless the use of water on the premises is to be entirely stopped or the service connection discontinued or abandoned.
      (2)   In all cases where meters are lost, injured or broken by carelessness or negligence of the owner or occupant of the premises, they shall be replaced or repaired by or under the direction of the Water Superintendent, and the cost thereof charged against the owner or occupant of the premises.
      (3)   In the event a water meter becomes inoperative or defective then billing shall be based upon an estimate made by the City Manager on the average monthly consumption during the last three months that the same was in good order, or from the other date as the City Manager considers to be the most reliable.
(Prior Code, § 17-307) (Am. Ord. 1930, passed 5-16-17)