Operating Rules - Chapter 10 - Meters and Meter Pits


10.01   Ownership.  Meters read by Denver Water and the meter pits in which they are located shall be owned by and installed at the expense of the licensee, except as otherwise provided in these Operating Rules.

10.02   Specifications.

10.02.1  Meter Pits or Vaults.  Meter pits are manholes or vaults intended to house meters and protect them from contact and from the elements.  Meter pits must comply with specifications in the Engineering Standards, including requirements dealing with proper materials, frost and freeze protection, and the pit being set to and maintained at final grade of the ground or surrounding property.

10.02.2  Meters.  A meter, as distinguished from a meter pit, is a device used to measure a licensee’s water consumption.  Meters must comply with specifications in the Engineering Standards.

a.         Size and Type.  The Engineering Standards will establish specifications for all meters.  These standards shall provide for accurate measurement of water flow, excellence of material and minimum line loss under all anticipated conditions of use for each size meter.

b.         AMR.  All meters that are read by Denver Water must have an electronic digital encoder or pulsar register and an automatic meter reading device as specified by the Engineering Standards.

c          Purchase.  Meters two (2) inches and smaller shall be purchased from Denver Water.  Meters larger than two inches shall be purchased from another source, provided that such a meter may not be installed unless that meter complies with requirements in the Engineering Standards and unless the meter has been f tested, numbered and inspected by Denver Water.

10.02.3  Interconnection of Meters.  Denver Water, in its discretion, may permit the interconnection of two or more meters to serve a single distribution system on a licensed premises if the combined capacity of the meters is at least equal to the anticipated service demand of the premises.  Approval of a combination or interconnected meter installation will require review by Denver Water of the hydraulic calculations for the premises as well as detailed design of the installation.  Backflow prevention must be installed after each meter.  Billing for interconnected meters is governed by Rule 6.04.

10.03   Location.

10.03.1  Accessibility Required.  All meters, whether located in meter pits or inside buildings, must be located so as to allow Denver Water unimpeded and non?hazardous access to the meter at reasonable times.  Meters must also be located so that the radio frequency signal from the automatic meter reading device can be obtained from a publicly-accessible street or another location conveniently accessible to Denver Water’s meter-reading vehicles and equipment.

10.03.2  Meter Pit or Inside Building.  The specific location of meters installed at licensee expense shall be designated by the licensee, subject to the provisions of this section.

a.         Meter Pit.  All meters on services activated after January 1, 2007, shall be installed outside the structure being served, unless specifically approved by Denver Water.  Meters shall be installed in a frost proof meter pit or vault: (1) within the boundaries of a public street or in an easement as accessible to Denver Water as a public street would be; or (2) in front of the premises to be served, either in the right-of-way or on the property of the premises, not more than five (5) feet from the property line and adequately protected from hazards and interferences.  Meters may not be installed in paved areas without prior approval by Denver Water.

b.         Inside Building.  With prior approval from Denver Water, a meter may be installed at an easily accessible location inside a commercial or industrial building on the premises to be served, provided that there will be no reasonable possibility for water to be taken from the service line without passing through the meter.  The location of the indoor meter shall be heated to prevent freezing, shall be adjacent to a floor drain and shall not be obstructed.  The meter shall be equipped with a remote type automatic meter reading device that will be mounted on the outside of the structure in accordance with the Engineering Standards.

10.03.3  Maintain Conformity.  If at any time an existing meter location does not conform to the standards enumerated in this section or the Engineering Standards, the installation shall be modified at the Licensee’s expense so that it does conform.

10.04   Meter Installations.  Specifications for meter settings and automatic meter reading devices shall be prescribed by the Engineering Standards, including but not limited to such standards as necessary to provide for prior approval of meter settings and location of the meter or meter pit before installation.

10.05   Maintenance.

10.05.1  Meter Pit.  The maintenance and protection of privately owned meter pits and appurtenances, including maintaining the meter pit at grade, is the responsibility of the licensee.

10.05.2 Maintenance of Meter.

a.         Ordinary Wear and Tear.  In order to provide for the accurate measurement of water, Denver Water will maintain at its cost, against ordinary wear and tear, all meters it reads for billing purposes, except meters serving Master Meter or Master Meter Maintenance Distributor contract service areas.  Denver Water will repair or replace meters in need of maintenance, testing, or replacement.  Upon installation, the replacement meter and the automatic meter reading device will be become the property of the licensee of the premises served thereby.  The timing of meter replacement and the extent of modifications required to accommodate the installation of a new meter is at the discretion of Denver Water.

b.         Damage due to Other Cause.  The maintenance service described in this section shall be provided only for damage to meters or automatic meter reading devices attributed to normal wear and aging.  Damage to meters or automatic meter reading devices caused by actions such as excavation, demolition, landscaping, freezing, hot water, tampering, water hammer, construction, or any cause other than ordinary wear and tear are not included in the maintenance service provided by Denver Water.  When a meter has been damaged as a result of any such causes, the licensee shall bear the entire expense of removing, repairing, resetting and replacing the meter or AMR device.

10.05.3  Convenience of Denver Water.  When proper management, operation or maintenance of the Water System requires, Denver Water may relocate meters and automatic meter reading devices, or modify meter settings at Denver Water expense.  All meters and devices so relocated shall be the property of the licensee.

10.05.4  Licensee Responsibility.  Regardless of the maintenance service provided by Denver Water under this section, the licensee shall be responsible for all damage to person or property resulting from the licensee’s meter or meter pit.