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ORDINANCE NO. 781



AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE PROHIBITED NON-ESSENTIAL USE OF WATER DURING AN EMERGENCY, AND PROVIDING FOR PENALTIES FOR VIOLATION THEREOF.

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE CITY OF MEADE:

SECTION 1: Whenever the City Administrator or Mayor shall deem that an emergency exists by reason of a shortage of water supply or inadequate water pressure, and it is necessary in order to properly protect and fully to utilize the supply of water for essential uses such as fire protection, household consumption, maintenance of health and sanitation facilities and the operation of essential business, the Mayor shall have power to declare an emergency to exist, and the City Council shall have the power to permit during the period of emergency the use of water form the City water supply for essential cases only. Such emergencies shall be deemed to continue until it is declared by the Mayor, upon consulting with the City Council, to be ended.

SECTION 2: For the purposes mentioned in Section 1, the Mayor may prohibit or restrict any of the following uses of water from the City water supply:

a. The sprinkling or watering of shrubbery, trees, or grass through the use of a hose or otherwise; provided, that nurseries shall be allowed to use a minimum amount of water to keep their present stock, shrubbery or trees alive.

b. The washing of automobiles, trucks, or any other type of mobile equipment.

c. The washing of sidewalks, porches, filling station aprons, or floors and interiors of buildings or trucks; provided that the Mayor may permit the reasonable use of water to maintain sanitation and may permit the reasonable use of water for, the washing of filling station aprons and floors essential to public safety and the prevention of fire hazards.

d. Air conditioning or evaporative cooling systems designed and used to reduce room temperature for the comfort of person using such room except in hospitals and nursing homes.

e. The use of water in fountains, wading pools, swimming pools, fish ponds, golf courses or any recreational grounds.

SECTION 3: The governing body may make such other limitations, restrictions prohibitions, or variances upon the use of such water as it deems necessary to make the exigencies of the emergency.

SECTION 4: Violations of the limitations, restrictions or prohibitions imposed by Section 1 and 2 shall be considered to be violations of the same nature as violations of any ordinance of the City and shall be punishable the same as in any other ordinance violation.

This ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after its publication once in the official county newspaper.

PASSED AND APPROVED by the Governing Body this 10th day of March, 2003.
 

Leroy Lemaster, Mayor

ATTEST:
Dennis Eckhoff, City Clerk


The City of Meade
132 South Fowler
PO Box 338
Meade, KS  67864-0338

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