Any damage which a meter may sustain resulting from carelessness of the owner, agent, or tenant or from neglect of either of them to properly secure and protect the meter, as well as any damage which may be wrought by frost, hot water, or steam backing from a boiler, shall be paid by the owner of the property to the City on presentation of a bill therefor; and in cases where the bill is not paid, the water shall be shut off and shall not be turned on until all charges have been paid to the City.
(1981 Code § 2.6)