Bureau personnel must have access to read and maintain water meters. It is unlawful to block meter access. It is unlawful for any person to store or maintain any goods, merchandise, material, or refuse, or install equipment over, under, or within 6-feet of any water meter, gate valve, or other appliance in use on any water meter connection of the Bureau. It is unlawful to park a motor vehicle over, upon, or in such a manner as to prevent access to any water meter, gate valve, or other appliance in use on any water meter connection of the Bureau regardless of whether such Bureau property is located on public or private property. Whenever it is necessary to enter a building to read the meter or work on the water connections, a safe passageway must be maintained by the occupant of the premises, free and clear of obstructions from the entrance of the building to the meter. Shrubs and landscaping shall not obstruct reading of the meter. Any obstructions may be trimmed or removed by the Bureau, and the owner or occupant and the premises may be charged as prescribed in the finance regulations, Title 5 of the Portland City Code.
GENERAL INFORMATION: 503-823-4000