A. Within the City, the water meter must be located in or adjacent to the street except where a City main is already located in an easement upon private property. For service within easements, the Portland Water Bureau may allow a water meter to be located on or adjacent to an existing line if the necessary easements for the meter installation are approved by the Chief Engineer. If a service from an easement requires a premises isolation backflow assembly, such protection must be installed immediately adjacent to the service connection on the private property side of the easement, at the easement line, and on the centerline of the City’s water service as it exits the easement.
B. Unless this requirement is waived in a particular circumstance at the discretion of the Chief Engineer, and except as provided in Section 21.12.260, all water meters must be outside any buildings on the premises and must be safely accessible by Portland Water Bureau staff 24 hours a day for reading, testing, servicing or replacement.