§ 51.002  REMOVAL OF OR TAMPERING WITH CITY APPLIANCES AND EQUIPMENT; NEGLIGENCE.
   (A)   All meters, piping and other appliances and equipment furnished by and at the expense of the city, which may at any time be in said service line shall, unless otherwise expressly provided herein, be and remain the property of the city, and the customer shall protect such property from loss or damage and no one who is not an agent of the city shall be permitted to remove or tamper with such property.
   (B)   The customer shall be responsible for any damage to meter, meter housing, cover, transponder, transponder connections and the like, which may result from his or her negligent act, but specifically the following will be considered negligence on the part of the customer: the backing up into the meter of hot water from heating plant or water heater, thereby damaging parts in meter, the driving over, or location of driveway over meter setting, without properly reinforcing the area over meter setting, thereby damaging the meter setting, or the meter, or both; removal of or damaging the transponder or its wiring; and any other negligent act, whether by design, or accident. In case of such damage, the city will make the necessary repairs and charge same to customer, the costs of same to be collected from said customer in like manner as are water bills and subject to the penalty of suspended service, until paid.
('68 Code, § 7.08(h)) (Ord. 3533, passed - - ; Am. Ord. 2005-5208, passed 9-6-2005)  Penalty, see § 10.99