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21.16.150 Testing Meters.

(Amended by Ordinance No. 182053, effective August 15, 2008.) When any water ratepayer makes a complaint that the bill for any particular billing period is excessive, the Portland Water Bureau will, upon request, reread the meter and inspect the service for leaks. Should the ratepayer then desire that the meter be tested, he or she shall make a deposit as prescribed in the annual water rate ordinance to cover the cost of making the test. If the tested meter is found to register 3% or more higher than the actual water flow through the meter, the deposit will be refunded and the Bureau shall estimate the excess consumption and make an adjustment in the form of a credit on the bill immediately preceding and/or the current bill. In such instances the Bureau shall repair or replace the meter. If the tested meter is found to read within 3 % of the actual water flow through the meter, the Bureau will keep the deposit to cover the expense of the test.