Chapter 27 UTILITIES*
Section 27-53 Same--Location.
(a) The location of the water service line, in relation to
the water main and the property to be
served, shall be determined by the department.
(b) A permanent meter box shall be installed at the customer's
property line in a location
determined by the department. The meter box shall be installed to match the existing land
surface, unless the customer submits a written description or plan of proposed relandscaping to
(c) When it is impractical to install the meter box at the
property line, as determined by the
director, the water meter may be installed indoors or elsewhere on the property to be served,
provided it is protected from damage or freezing and, when located indoors, is readily accessible
in an unlocked room or enclosure. If a meter becomes inaccessible, in the option of the
department, the customer must make provision for its relocation or for a remote reading device.
Regardless of its location, the customer shall be responsible for damage to the meter or its
appurtenances, caused by the customer's negligence or failure to properly safeguard and protect
such meter and appurtenances from hazards.
(d) The department reserves the right to relocate the water
service line or any appurtenance
thereof, at its own expense. If the customer desires relocation, or a change in elevation, of the
water service line or any appurtenances thereof, he shall make written request to the department
and deposit the estimated cost for labor, equipment and material, plus overhead, to complete this
relocation or change with the department. In the event of an underestimate, the customer will be
billed for the remainder; in the event of an overestimate, the excess will be refunded.
(e) If the customer should relandscape his property, making
it difficult to read the meter, the
department may relocate or change the elevation of the meter and meter box and charge the
customer the actual cost of labor, equipment and material, plus overhead therefor.
(Code 1964, § 15.311)