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What is the tool used to remove the lock off a water meter?

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A special tool is required to remove the lock from a water meter. These tools are known as barrel lock keys and are not available to the general public.

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Generally, the only individuals who may open water meter locks are authorized employees working for a water utility company. In many areas, tampering with water meters is a crime that can result in serious penalties. In Missouri, one can be found guilty of tampering in the second degree if a utility offers evidence that a water meter has been bypassed or modified to measure usage inaccurately. In Ohio, evidence of meter tampering is used to show that a person intended to commit the crime of theft.

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