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All meters will be tested before installation, and no meter will be placed in service or allowed to remain in service which is known to have an error in registration in excess of two percent under conditions of normal operation.

Where the amount of water consumed, or the billing is questioned by the water user, the water meter will be immediately reread and billing rechecked and if no error is apparent the billing will stand.

When the accuracy of a meter is questioned and the meter test demanded by the water user or the property owner, it shall be the duty of the Public Works Division to test such meter with a portable test meter in the presence of the water user or the property owner, or his agent if they so desire. The Director of Finance may require an advance deposit, as set forth in Chapter 3.35 PMC, to cover cost of the test. If the test does not disclose an error in excess of three percent against the customer, the customer shall stand the cost of making such tests.

If the test shall disclose an error of more than three percent against the consumer, the Public Works Division shall assume the entire cost of making the test and the deposit shall be returned.

Where tests disclose a meter to be mechanically defective, affecting the account over a period of one or more months, the Public Works Director shall make such adjustments as seem fair and proper. [Ord. 3608 § 14, 2003; Ord. 2961 § 2, 1993; Ord. 962 Art. VII, § 83, 1959; Code 1970 § 13.24.030; Code 1954 § 4-3.144.]