Outside meter pits may be installed in special cases on approval of the Town Engineer. Such meter pits must be installed in accordance with Town specifications and at the expense of the property owner.
In the event that the pipes of the consumer are not in proper condition for the installation of a meter, the consumer shall cause said pipes at the point at which said meter is to be installed to be put in proper condition prior to the installation of said meter.
Where a water meter fails to register the correct quantity of water through it or where it otherwise becomes out of order or in need of repair, notice thereof shall be given the Water Department. Another meter will then be loaned and installed during the time required for testing and repair. The Water Department will cause the meter to be tested, and, if the meter, on test, is found to be registering over 3% more water than actually passes through it, no charge will be made for the test if the test was requested by the owner; otherwise a charge as defined in § 26B-2A(13)(b) of Chapter 26B, Fees, for fees and service charges to cover the cost of removing, testing and resetting the meter will be made to the consumer requesting such a test.
If a meter is out of order and fails to register, the consumer will be charged at the average consumption as shown by the meter when in order.
See § 26B-2A(13)(b) of Chapter 26B, Fees, for service charges and fees.
No person shall break, remove or deface the seal of any water meter or remove, alter or obstruct, injure or prevent the uninhibited use of such meter or bypass Town-supplied water by looping (or other means) the meter, thereby preventing the full water supply from being metered. Any meter found to have been tampered with or bypassed accordingly shall subject the owner of the property metered to the following penalties. It shall be presumed that such meter has been illegally tampered with or bypassed if found to be in a state as hereinbefore set forth.
The penalties for injury to such meters shall be as follows: the criminal penalty under § 155.15, Subdivision 6, of the Penal Law of the State of New York if found to be violated or, in the alternative, the criminal penalty under such violation of this code, with the same presumption as hereinbefore set forth, which shall subject the violator to an imprisonment up to 15 days in jail or $250 in penalties, or both.
In the event that such tampering, if found, has not affected the measure of water charged for, the owner shall then be responsible for a replacement of the meter and/or correction of water supply lines, the cost thereof and labor for such replacement and any and all special fees which the Water Department deems necessary for replacing or correcting the same.