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   A.   Installation; Tampering Prohibited: All water meters shall be installed by authorized employees of the division. It shall be unlawful for any person other than authorized employees of the division to remove any water meter or to interfere with, damage, deface or in any way tamper with or alter the functioning of any meter or to permit any other person to do the same.
   B.   Consumer Liability: Every consumer shall be liable for all damage to water meters caused by hot water back pressure, accident, water hammer caused by equipment on the premises, other conditions or equipment on the premises or by his negligence or that of his family, servant or agents. A consumer shall also be liable for all water consumed while a meter is missing or inoperative and for the costs of repainting or replacing the meter on his premises, including a reasonable service charge.
(1979 Code § 14.08.100; amd. 1999 Code)