[Amended 3-21-2005 by L.L. No. 2-2005]
All water meters shall be owned by the property owner and purchased from and installed and maintained by the Town of Grand Island at prices set by Town Board resolution. The Town shall inspect and test meters from time to time as deemed necessary, or upon reasonable request from customers. Except pursuant to a contract whereby the property owner pays for the meters and is financially liable for use by subusers, a master meter only will be used for apartment houses or related groups of buildings, and the Town will not furnish nor read auxiliary or submeters.
The Town reserves the right to stipulate the size, type and make of meter to be used to record the consumption of water by any customer. An individual meter shall be required for each premises and for each separate service connection to a premises. The Town shall designate the location of the meter on the customer's premises. The Town reserves the right to install a remote read box or other automatic read system on the premises of the customer. All costs arising from new construction requiring the installation of a water meter and/or remote read box shall be borne by the customer.
Upon receipt of the purchase price and a proper application, the Town will furnish and install meters and meter couplings 5/8 inches by 3/4 inches or one inch by one inch in size and will charge a fee for such service as provided in § 400-36. Any meter size over one inch will be purchased from the Town but installed by the customer's licensed plumber. The customer will provide and install all the necessary piping, fittings, valves and pipe couplings to receive the meter. Meters larger than two inches will be purchased by the customer upon approval by the Town of Grand Island Town Engineer or his or her designee and installed by the customer's licensed plumber.
The Town Engineer or his or her designee may order the installation of suitable equipment to prevent backflow which may cause damage to the meter or other damage to the Town’s distribution system. Installation must be completed within such reasonable time as provided in said order.
The customer will be responsible for damages due to freezing, hot water, tampering or other external causes. In case of damage, the Town will repair the meter, if necessary replacing it with another meter, and the cost of such repair or replacement shall be borne by the customer. The Town shall bear costs attributable to ordinary wear and tear.
[Amended 3-21-2005 by L.L. No. 2-2005]
It will be the obligation of the customer to maintain and, when necessary, to repair the facilities required to be installed in outside meter pits.
Meters shall be made accessible to the Town at all reasonable times, and the Town reserves the right to remove and test any meter at any time and to substitute another meter in its place.
In case of a disputed account involving the question as to the accuracy of the meter, such meter shall be tested by the Town upon request of the customer. The fee for testing meters will be as provided in § 400-36. In the event that the meter so tested is found to have an error in registration, the meter will be repaired or replaced.
A lease of a meter from the Town will be made for temporary service not to exceed 30 days or such other time as stipulated by the Town Engineer or his or her designee. The amount of deposit as provided in § 400-36 of this chapter will be refunded by the Town without interest when the meter is returned, provided that the same is found to be in proper condition for reuse after inspection and test. Where such temporary use results in damage to the meter, the cost of repairing said damage will be deducted from the deposit. In addition, any outstanding charges for water use by such temporary service customer will be deducted from the deposit and credited to said outstanding account.