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A. General Provisions:
1. Ownership; Repair: All water sold by the Town shall be metered by meters which shall be owned and kept in repair by the Town.
2. Placement: The Town may install a water meter on the property line or on the consumer's property in such location as deemed necessary and which is conveniently accessible by a meter reader.
3. Equipment Belonging To Consumer: Water pipes and equipment belonging to the consumer shall be so arranged to permit the placing of a single water meter for that property convenient to the Town. If the water pipes and equipment belonging to the consumer are not arranged to permit such placement of a meter, and additional meters are required, each such additional meter shall be considered as an additional account and shall be so billed.
4. Two Meters On Same Premises: When two (2) or more meters are installed on the same premises for different consumers, they shall be closely grouped and each meter shall be clearly marked as to which consumer it belongs. (1986 Code § 16-6-1; 1997 Code)
B. Installation Fee: The fee for a water meter installation shall be set by resolution of the Town Council. (1986 Code § 16-6-2)
1. Failure Of Meter: If a water meter fails to operate and a reading cannot be taken, a bill will be made by the Town in an amount based on the average monthly billing of the previous three (3) months.
2. Interference By Dog: In the event any dog kept on the premises interferes with meter reading by an employee of the Town and the meter is not read, a billing will be made by the Town in an amount based on the average monthly billing of the previous three (3) months. (1986 Code § 16-6-3)
3. Special Readings: Any consumer may request and have the Town perform a special reading of his water meter. If the special reading indicates that the regular meter reading was incorrect, then there shall be no charge, otherwise a charge in an amount to be set by resolution of the Town Council shall be added to the consumer's regular water bill. (Ord. 85, 11-18-1987)
D. Testing; Meter Replacement: Any consumer may, upon written application, have his meter tested for accuracy by the Town. If the meter registers a divergence from accuracy greater than three percent (3%), the indicated adjustment shall be made in the water service charges for a total period not longer than the current period and the monthly period immediately preceding. If a meter so tested registers within three percent (3%) of accuracy, a charge in an amount to be set by resolution of the Town Council shall be added to the consumer's regular water bill to pay the cost of such test. All inaccurate and defective meters shall be replaced by the Town immediately when detected. (Ord. 86, 11-18-1987)