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13.04.160 - Curtailment of use of water.
A. The mayor, after consultation with the commissioners and the director of public works, shall have the
authority, whenever in his/her judgment he/she shall think it necessary, for the preservation of the
public health and safety to suspend, curtail, regulate and prohibit the use of water from the municipal
water system of the town, giving notice of such suspension, curtailment, regulation and prohibition by
publication in some newspaper published in the town to all consumers of water of such suspension,
curtailment, regulation and prohibition. Such suspension, curtailment, regulation and prohibition shall
be ordered in accordance with the provisions set forth in subsection (B) and (C) below:
B. Phase 1. Voluntary conservation restraints by all users of water from the municipal water system of
the town.
C. 1. Phase 2. Mandatory restriction of any or all of the following uses:
a. Filling or replenishing of swimming pools;
b. Outside consumption of water, including but not limited to, washing of motor vehicles,
houses, sidewalks or any public ways, or watering lawns, gardens or shrubs;
c. The providing of drinking water by operators of restaurants and taverns, unless requested
by patrons.
2. Large volume users:
a. "Large volume user" is defined as any user of town water or of the town water system
which uses more than ten thousand (10,000) gallons per day of town water as determined
by the average amount of water used by that user during the last two billing periods which
covered the same months or periods of time as the months or period of time when the
determination is made;
b. During Phase 2 restrictions, the mayor, after consultation with the commissioners and the
director of public works, shall issue a target rate of water usage for large volume users. In
addition to the restrictions set forth in subsection (C)(1) above, a large volume user shall
not use town water in excess of the target rate. The mayor shall notify a large volume user
in writing of the target rate which has been established for that user.
D. Violation of any of the restricted uses set forth in Phase 2 shall be a municipal infraction, for which
any law enforcement officer may issue a citation. The fines and penalties for any violation shall be as
set forth below:
1. For users other than large volume users:
a. Warning shall be given for the first violation;
b. A continuing or second violation shall be punishable by a fifty dollar ($50.00) fine;
c. Any subsequent violation(s) shall be punishable by a seventy-five dollar ($75.00) fine.
2. For large volume users:
a. For a first violation, a warning shall be given that the use of water is in excess of the target
rate;
b. For a second, continuing or subsequent occurrence of daily water use in excess of the
target rate, a large volume user shall be fined an amount equal to two times the amount of
the cost of the water, as determined by the then controlling water rate for that user, for all
amounts of water used in excess of the target rate, said fine not to exceed one thousand
dollars ($1,000.00) for each day of the violation. Each day that the water usage exceeds
the target rate shall constitute a separate violation.
(Ord. 02-15: Ord. 88-4A § 1: prior code Art. XII § 16)