City warning on electricity meter housing structures
CITY businesses are urged to secure their electricity meter boxes or structures, or face having their electricity supply cut off.
This after the municipality noted that many meter boxes are in disrepair and left open, thus allowing unauthorised persons to access live electrical equipment.
Unhindered access to the boxes can lead to fatal accidents and tampering, with premises owners held liable for such incidents.
According to the municipality, while the metering equipment inside a box is the property of the uMhlathuze Municipality, the maintenance of the structures housing the electrical equipment, including the doors, are the responsibility of the owner of the property in terms Section 45 of uMhlathuze Municipality’s Electricity by-laws which state: ‘Metering accommodation:
(1) Only where required by the engineer, the customer shall provide approved accommodation for switch gear and metering equipment in a position acceptable by the engineer. The customer shall also provide an approved meter board complete with adequate conductors for the service provider’s metering equipment, service apparatus and protective devices. Such accommodation and protection shall be provided and maintained to the satisfaction of the engineer at the cost of the owner.
(5) Only apparatus in connection with the supply of electricity shall be installed or stored in accommodation for the service provider’s metering equipment, unless specifically approved by the engineer in writing.’
In a statement, the municipality pointed out ‘that owners are therefore responsible for ensuring that their meter rooms are secured and lockable by means of a municipal padlock, thus restricting vagrants from occupying them and using them as accommodation, which leads to vandalism and subsequently to unwarranted power interruptions.
‘Failure to comply with the above could lead to the isolation of your electricity supply until the structure, doors and frames have been repaired and the Department of Electricity has secured the meter room and/or kiosk with a municipal padlock.’
Unhindered access to a meter room by unauthorized persons can lead to fatal accidents and tampering Orrin Singh