§ 59.24. Access to meters and discontinuance of service.
(a) Access to meters. Each public utility shall at reasonable times have access to meters, service connections and other property owned by it on the premises of customers, for purposes of maintenance, operation and meter reading. Neglect or refusal on the part of customers to provide reasonable access to their premises for the purposes shall constitute sufficient cause for discontinuance of service.
(b) Notice of discontinuance. No public utility shall discontinue service to a customer for violation of its rules and regulations or for nonpayment of bills without a diligent attempt to induce the customer to comply with the rules and regulations, or to pay the bills when due. Service may not be discontinued until after at least 24-hour written notice has been given by the utility that bills are 5 or more days delinquent, or that the violation of rules shall cease. If fraudulent use of gas is detected, or if the regulating or measuring equipment of the utility has been tampered with, or if a dangerous condition is found to exist on the premises of customers, the gas may be shut off without advance notice.
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