Meter Tampering and water theft are illegal and are subject to fines and penalties

Meter Tampering and water theft are illegal and are subject to fines and penalties

According to South Carolina State Code, it is unlawful for anyone to tamper with or damage a water meter, the meter seal, the lock/locking device, curb stop or valves, meter setter, meter box or meter vault. It shall be unlawful for anyone to interfere with or prevent the proper registration of a meter, remove a meter or meter register or install any pipe or other device which will cause water to be received without being properly registered by the meter.

No trees, bushes, shrubs, fences, structures or other obstructions shall be located within two feet of the meter box in order to keep the meter accessible to Powdersville Water. The property owner, and/or customer shall exercise proper care to protect the meter, meter box and other Powdersville Water property serving his/her premises from damage or from any other cause, and in the event of loss or damage thereto arising from neglect or other cause, shall pay the water theft fines, the estimated cost of any water received illegally, the costs involved in making an inspection and the costs of repairing or replacing the damaged items before further service will be provided at this location.

The fine for water theft for residential customers is $100 for the first offense and $500 for the second offense. If you have any questions about these policies, or if you are aware of either tampering or theft occurring in our system, please give us a call at 864-269-5440, option 4. You will be rewarded for any evidence that leads to enforcement. Thank you.

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