(1) At the request of an owner or occupier of premises and on the payment of a fee fixed by the council, the council must arrange for a water meter installed on the premises to be examined and tested.
(2) The council may, on its own initiative, arrange for such a water meter to be examined and tested.
(3) If, as a result of such an examination and test, a water meter is found not to correctly measure the quantity of water passing through it, the council may charge for the supply of water:(a) on the basis of a daily consumption equal to the average daily consumption during the corresponding meter reading period of the previous year, or(b) on such other basis as the council and the consumer may agree.
(4) Testing carried out at the request of a person who is the owner or occupier of premises is to be at the expense of the person, unless the meter is one hired from or provided by the council and the testing indicates that the meter is defective, in which case the testing is to be at the expense of the council.
(5) A water meter that registers less than 4 per cent more or less than the correct quantity is taken to correctly measure the water passing through it.
(6) If a water meter provided by the council is found to be defective, the council must replace it with one that is not defective.
(7) If a privately owned meter is found to be defective, the council may require the owner to rectify the meter or, if the defect cannot be rectified, replace the meter with one that is not defective. An owner who is required to rectify or replace a meter must comply with the requirement.
(8) The rectification or replacement is to be at the expense of the owner.
(9) When a privately owned water meter is being rectified or is awaiting replacement, the supply of water to the owner of the meter:(a) is to be regulated by special contract made between the owner and the council, and(b) is to be restricted to use for domestic purposes.