Meter Accuracy and Testing

Meter Accuracy and Testing

The Company will provide each Customer with a standard meter for each applicable rate schedule. Customers that take service under a Rate Schedule that requires an electronic metering device will be required to pay the Company for the cost of these non-standard facilities, including any necessary communication facilities.

The Company may furnish and install such regulating and/or flow control equipment and devices as it deems to be in the best interests of the Customer served, or of the gas system as a whole.

Before installation, and periodically thereafter, each meter shall be tested and shall be considered commercially accurate if it measures within two percent (2%) of accuracy. After each test each meter shall be sealed. This seal shall not be broken by any person, not expressly authorized by the Company.

Meters in use shall be tested at the request of the Customer, if desired, within fifteen (15) days from the time the request is made. If the meter has been tested within the preceding six months, the deposit of a fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) will be required for the test. If the meter is found to be in error by more than two percent (2%), the deposit shall be promptly refunded. If the meter is not found to be in error by as much as two percent (2%), such deposit shall be retained by the Company and Customer shall be responsible for the cost of performing such test.

If upon testing, the meter is found to register in excess of two percent (2%) fast, billings will be adjusted to compensate for the excess for a period equal to one half (1/2) of the time elapsed since the previous meter test, but not to exceed six (6) months, and the difference refunded to the Customer. If upon testing, the meter is found to register in excess of two percent (2%) slow, the Company shall charge the Customer for the unbilled gas supplied for the previous six (6) months or since the last test, whichever is the shorter period. No part of the minimum monthly bill will be refunded.

In the event of stoppage or failure of any meter to register, the Customer will be billed for estimated consumption during such period based upon Customer s use of gas in a similar period of like use or on the basis of check meter readings, if available and accurate.

A separate bill will be rendered for each meter used by the Customer unless, for the convenience of the Company, multiple meters are used for measurement of the same class or service, in which case a bill will be rendered for the total amount registered by all meters.

In general, monthly bills will be based on meter readings for the thirty (30) day period. Bills will be adjusted to compensate for errors in meter registration, in the reading thereof, or in the application of rate schedules to intervals of greater or lesser duration than 30 days. Such adjustments shall be limited to the Customer last served at the particular location.

In case of tampering or unauthorized use, probable consumption will be billed as determined by the maximum quantity of gas estimated to have been consumed by the various appliances of the Customer.