UTILITY LINES/PIPING/METERING EQUIPMENT
All meters, service lines, poles, transformers, outdoor lights, or other equipment associated with establishing utility service to the Customer premise are the property of the City of Commerce. Lines and equipments after/beyond/downstream of the utility meter is the property and responsibility of the homeowner. Sewer lines, from the house to the road right of way, are the property and responsibility of the homeowner.
Any and all gas pipe downstream of the gas meter belongs to you, the gas consumer. The gas consumer is responsible for maintenance and operation of this portion of the fuel line system. The City of Commerce does not own the gas line beyond the gas meter; therefore, we do not routinely maintain or locate fuel lines. All buried gas piping should be, periodically inspected for leaks and periodically inspected for corrosion (if piping is metallic If any of unsafe condition is discovered, the piping should be repaired, replaced or shut off immediately. Commercial plumbers and/or heating contractors may be contacted if and when gas fuel lines need attention. Buried gas piping should be located and marked in advance before any excavating is performed near the pipe. Excavating near the buried gas pipes should be done by hand.
Digging or Excavation Along Right-Of-Way and Around Utility Lines
The Customer will take reasonable precautions to protect the City's utility property/ equipment. Before doing any excavations or major outside construction, they will call the Utilities Protection Center (phone 811 Excavating near underground utilities should be done by hand. The City of Commerce reserves the right to charge for necessary repairs or replacement of utility property/equipment damaged or loss due to negligence.
Unauthorized use, misuse. or tampering will result in disconnection of service immediately. The offender may be subject to prosecution. Estimates of usage and damage shall be billed. Flagrant unauthorized use or tampering may also result in the removal of utility service lines and measuring device from the premises. Reconnection would be subject to all back payments, damages, penalties, and reconnect fees.