Water meters are the property of the Water Department. The water meters are supplied by the Water Department for a fee charged according to the water meter size. The property owner is responsible for maintaining the water meter and any reading devices attached to them. At the time of installation, a water meter is sealed to ensure proper calibration and operation. This 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 property owner will be charged a fee for any damages to, or loss of, the meter and reading devices.