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(a) A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) and/or not more than ninety days imprisonment.
(b) A person found guilty may be assessed cost in the form of restitution to the City for the amount of water stolen or misappropriated. Any water meter found to have been tampered with, bypassed, having the capability of being circumvented, or with an illegal cross connection present, shall be presumed conclusively to have been in such condition for six months prior to its discovery by the City. The owner of the premises served by a meter, which has been bypassed, circumvented or having the capability of being circumvented shall be assessed and charged an amount double the water usage of any comparable premises in the six month period of time.
(Ord. 2007-24. Passed 11-20-07.)