[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of New Castle 9-8-1981 by L.L. No. 10-1981. (This local law also repealed former Ch. 133, Water Conservation, adopted 5-15-1965 by L.L. No. 1-1965 and amended 6-25-1974 by L.L. No. 4-1974.) Amendments noted where applicable.]
Water — See Ch. 131.
This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Water Conservation Law of the Town of New Castle."
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- WATER DISTRICT
- New Castle Water District No. 1 including its several enlargements, Stanwood Water District and all areas, whether within or outside of the Town of New Castle, which are supplied with water by the New Castle Water District No. 1.
The following uses of water drawn from a pipe or hose, directly or indirectly connected with a main of said Water District are prohibited:
Operation of a swimming pool with a capacity in excess of 1,000 gallons without recirculating equipment.
Operation of machines or devices using or requiring a constant water flow.
Use or opening of fire hydrants, except for fire-fighting purposes, except as authorized, in writing, by the Commissioner of Public Works.
During a first level water emergency, as defined herein, the following uses of water drawn from a pipe or hose, directly or indirectly, connected with a main of said Water District are prohibited:
Watering of lawns except between 9:00 p.m. and 12:00 midnight and between 5:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. or golf courses except between 12:00 midnight and 8:00 a.m.
Washing of any street, sidewalk, areaway, steps, building or structure.
Filling or flooding of skating rinks or skating areas.
The serving of water to patrons in restaurants, clubs or eating places unless specifically requested by the customer.
The operation of car washes unless recirculating equipment is used.
Ornamental or display use of public water whether or not such water is recycled, including fountains, artificial waterfalls, reflecting pools, lakes and ponds.
During a second level water emergency, as defined herein, the following uses of water drawn from a pipe or hose, directly or indirectly, connected with a main of said Water District are prohibited:
All uses prohibited during a first level water emergency.
Watering or sprinkling lawns, gardens and golf course fairways.
Washing of motor vehicles.
Filling of private swimming pools, regardless of size, except for pools owned by membership clubs or associations or pools used exclusively for medical treatment.
Any other restrictions as may be authorized by resolution of the Town Board.
Any person committing an offense against any provision of this chapter shall be guilty of a violation punishable by a fine not to exceed $250 or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. The continuation of an offense against this chapter shall constitute, for each day the offense is continued, a separate and distinct offense hereunder.
[Amended 5-14-2002 by L.L. No. 2-2002]
During the existence of any emergency affecting the supply, quality or use of water within the Water District or any portion thereof such that the public health, safety or welfare may be adversely affected, the Supervisor of the Town of New Castle or, in his or her absence, the Commissioner of Public Works may and hereby is authorized to declare the existence of a first-level water emergency or second-level water emergency as he or she may deem appropriate and necessary throughout the Water District or any portion or portions thereof
The declaration of an emergency as aforesaid shall be conveyed to the public as soon after declaration as may be practicable by announcement by one local radio station or by one daily newspaper of general circulation in the Town of New Castle, or by both. Additionally, notice may be transmitted to the general public by distribution of notices, leaflets, handbills or other written or printed notice distributed to the general public.
[Amended 5-14-2002 by L.L. No. 2-2002]
An emergency so declared in accordance with the above shall continue for a period of no greater than 10 days, unless the emergency is ratified by resolution of the Town Board.
[Added 5-14-2002 by L.L. No. 2-2002]
This chapter shall not apply to any items covered by the Westchester County Water Conservation regulations. Such Westchester County regulations shall be enforced by the Supervisor of the Town of New Castle or, in his or her absence, by the Commissioner of Public Works in accordance with the provisions of those regulations.