Water meters are the property of the Water Department. They are supplied to residents at no cost. The property owner is responsible for maintaining the water meter and the reading devices attached to them. At the time of installation, a water meter is sealed, and that seal must not be broken. The meter also must be insulated so that it does not freeze or break, and it must be secured so that it is not stolen. The owner will be charged a fee for any damages to, or loss of, the meter and reading devices.