7. Customer Responsibility for PUD Property
7.1 The Customer shall exercise due care and diligence to prevent damage, theft, or misuse of PUD equipment located on the Customer’s property including meters, test equipment, transformers, services, connections, and any other PUD-owned equipment. The Customer shall not place or permit the placement of any building, structure, trees, or shrubs within the PUD’s right-of-way, change the grade, or undertake other activity that might interfere with the proper operation and maintenance of PUD facilities. The Customer is responsible for contacting the PUD prior to performing any work near PUD equipment.
7.2 In its sole discretion, the PUD may determine that the Customer may be financially responsible for all PUD-owned equipment and facilities on Customer’s property. In the event any PUD equipment or facilities are misused, damaged, vandalized, or removed by the Customer, Customer’s guest, Customer’s agent, or any known or unknown third party, the Customer shall be responsible for reimbursing the PUD for the cost of any repairs or replacement. In its sole discretion, the PUD may determine that the financial responsibility shall continue even if the Customer terminates service so long as the Customer continues to own or possess the property, unless the Customer provides a written request to the PUD to remove its equipment or facilities.
- 7.2.1 In the event PUD equipment or facilities have been misused, damaged, vandalized, or removed where no electric account is established, the costs of repairs and/or replacement, according to Rate Schedule 90, will be considered the responsibility of the property owner and due in full prior to electric service being restored.
- 7.2.2 If electric service is reconnected without PUD authorization, the current Customer will be responsible for all inspection, repair, and replacement costs according to Rate Schedule 90. In addition, the Customer may be responsible for payment for all electric service used, which will be calculated based on the PUD’s applicable rate schedule in effect at the time of use. If there is not a current Customer on record, the property owner shall become the responsible party for all amounts due.
7.3 The Customer shall not place or permit the placement of any building or structure on top of the PUD’s underground facilities or underneath the PUD’s overhead facilities.