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9.81.010. Theft of water services

            It shall be unlawful for any person who owns, has possession or control of, or resides in or on any structure or property, to allow or permit the improper use of the City's water services to structure or property.  The improper use of municipal services shall include, but not be limited to, the unauthorized tampering with or opening of a meter box, the unauthorized turning on of water service at the street valve, the turning on of water at the street valve after the City has turned the water off, the jumping of water service to avoid or circumvent the meter.  For the purpose of this Section, tampering with or opening of a meter box is "unauthorized" unless express permission is obtained from the City by written permit or otherwise, or if there is an immediate threat of injury or damage to persons or property.  A person shall be presumed to be the owner of a structure if their name appears on the most recent tax roles at the County Recorder's office.  A person shall be deemed to be in control, custody, or residing in a structure or on property if they have the legal right, by lease, rental, or otherwise, to reside in or on the structure or property.  A violation of this Section is an infraction.  Each day of violation shall constitute a separate violation and may be punishable as such.  Any subsequent violation of this Section shall be a class C misdemeanor, with each day constituting a separate violation until the violation ceases.

Ord. No.97-35, Recodified, 6/19/1997
Ord. No. 00-25, Enacted, 10/5/2000

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