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A. Required: It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or entity to use or have in their possession any water from the city water system that has not first been passed through and the quantity thereof measured by a water meter approved by the public works department, except for the use of approved temporary connections which shall be governed by approved regulations of the public works department. The developer shall purchase and install water meter boxes and stopcocks satisfactory to the public works department on newly developed lots and real property at the time of water main installation. The developer shall also provide the address prior to plan check approval. The builder shall purchase the water meter satisfactory to the public works department on newly developed lots and real property, and pay meter fees, at the time a building permit is issued. The city will bill builder on a monthly basis for water use at the city's current rate. City representatives will install but will not maintain meters and boxes prior to final approval and issuance of the certificate of occupancy for any residential home. Builder is responsible for maintenance, repair and replacement, if necessary, of water meter, meter boxes and lid until issuance of certificate of occupancy. Builder shall encourage new homeowners or property management companies to change billing information upon purchase of lots. Failure to comply will be a class B misdemeanor. (Ord. 2007-16, 9-18-2007)
B. Testing: If a user submits a request for a test of his or her water meter, the city may, if under the circumstances deems it advisable, and in his or her discretion, order a test of the meter measuring the water delivered to such user. If such request to test the meter is made within twelve (12) months after the date of the last previous test, the user will be required to pay the costs of such test if the meter is found in such test to record more than one hundred three percent (103%) of accuracy under methods of testing that are satisfactory to the water superintendent. In the event a meter is found to be recording more than one hundred three percent (103%) of accuracy, the city shall make such adjustments in the user's previous bill as are just and fair under the circumstances. If the user requests a test by an independent lab, the user shall pay for such test and shall use a lab selected by the city.
C. Meter Failure: If meters fail to register at any time, the water delivered of such a period shall be estimated on the basis of previous consumption. (Ord. 2000-28)