§ 401 Resident agent.
Every public utility shall file with the Commission a designation in writing of the name and post-office address of a person resident within this State upon whom service of any notice, order or process may be made under this chapter. Such designation may, from time to time, be changed by like writing similarly filed.
§ 402 Previous and current meter readings.
All bills presented by and on behalf of all public utilities providing steam, manufactured gas, natural gas, electric light, heat, power or water based on meter readings shall, before being honored, show the previous and current meter readings.
§ 403 Expansion of facilities and services of water companies in State.
(a) No water company doing business in this State shall expand its facilities within this State in order to service new customers or subscribers in this State, nor shall any such company supply water to any new or additional customers or subscribers in this State until the company is furnishing water to its present customers or subscribers in this State in such fashion that water pressure at every house supplied is at least 25 pounds at all times at the service connection.
(b) No water company doing business in this State shall expand its facilities in order to service new customers or subscribers unless it shall furnish water to the house or separate location of each new customer or subscriber in this State at the pressure of at least 25 pounds at each such location or house at all times at the service connection while continuing also to supply each old customer or subscriber at the pressure of at least 25 pounds at each house at all times at the service connection. Notwithstanding the above or any law or regulation to the contrary, no such restriction shall apply to a water company expanding its facilities to a new customer or subscriber seeking or providing services on the property having the tax parcel number 07-043.40-055 or any successor parcel thereof; provided, however, that the primary use of such property remains as a wildlife refuge.
(c) No water company, which either alone or together with other water company affiliates or subsidiaries under common control or ownership serves more than 5,000 customers in this State, shall, unless it has cured any material failure found pursuant to paragraph (c)(1) or (2) of this section below within 30 days of any such finding, expand its facilities within this State in order to service new customers or subscribers or supply water to any new or additional customers or subscribers in this State for so long as that company:
(1) Is subject to a finding by the appropriate federal or state regulatory authority that it has materially failed to comply with applicable safe drinking water or water quality standards; or
(2) Is subject to any order issued by the Commission pursuant to this title finding that the company has materially failed to provide adequate or proper safe water services to existing customers.
(d) The appropriate agency shall report any such finding that a water company has failed to materially meet the water pressure standards of subsection (a) or (b) of this section or any order issued pursuant to subsection (c) of this section to the Public Service Commission in accordance with the Commission's authority to grant a water utility a certificate of public convenience and necessity to expand or extend its service territory.
§ 404 Relocation of residential gas meters and other equipment [For application of this section, see 80 Del. Laws, c. 309, § 2]
(a) Prior to the relocation of any inside residential gas meter, the public utility shall consult with each owner of the property as to the owner's preference for retaining the gas meter inside or relocating it to an outside location. If the gas meter remains inside, no person shall conceal the meter by plaster, sheathing, or any other materials or means, and the meter must be located in a ventilated area, not less than 3 feet away from any source of ignition and any sources of heat. If the public utility determines that it is feasible for the other residential gas equipment, such as the regulator and valve and accessories thereto, to be located outside, such equipment shall be relocated outside.
(b) If the gas meter is relocated to an outside location, the public utility shall determine a feasible location that is least visibly prominent and considers the preference of each owner of the property. If requested by a property owner, the public utility will provide initial landscaping or other screening to camouflage the gas meter.
(c) In the event that a gas meter remains inside, each owner of the residential property shall grant reasonable access to the public utility to maintain, repair, replace, or inspect the gas meter, consistent with the provisions of the public utility's tariff provisions. If any property owner denies the public utility reasonable access to the gas meter, the property's gas service shall be subject to termination, in which event, upon reconnection of service, the public utility may, in its sole discretion, move the gas meter outside consistent with the provisions of subsection (b) of this section.
(d) Notwithstanding any provision of the Delaware Code or any law, ordinance, rule, or regulation of any county or municipality to the contrary, the public utility may relocate the gas meter outside, with the property owner's approval, where a property is located in a historic district, neighborhood conservation district, or other designated district subject to design standards or guidelines involving review and approval by applicable governmental boards or agencies, or is eligible for listing or is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The public utility shall relocate the other gas equipment for the property, such as the regulator and valve and accessories thereto, outside. If the gas meter and other equipment are moved outside, the public utility shall provide initial landscaping or other screening to camouflage the gas meter and other gas equipment.
(e) As used in this section, the term "feasible" means that which is consistent with gas industry safety standards and in compliance with the public utility's design and engineering requirements.