[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Town of Clinton 8-9-1988 by Ord. No. 88-9. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Mayor and Council of the Town of Clinton may declare by resolution a drought emergency in the event of the following:
The water level in the water storage facilities supplying water to the Town of Clinton water system has fallen below safe levels;
The use of pumped groundwater by the Town of Clinton for its water supply system is approaching the maximum amounts authorized by diversion permits issued by the State of New Jersey; or
It is imperative to the public well-being that certain uses of water, not essential to the health, welfare and safety of the public, be restricted.
In the event that a drought emergency is declared, the uses and withdrawal of water from the Town of Clinton water supply system by any person for the following purposes may be prohibited as follows:
Watering yards: the sprinkling, watering or irrigating of shrubbery, trees, lawns, grass, ground covers, plants, vines, gardens, vegetables, flowers or any other vegetation.
Washing mobile equipment: the washing of automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, trailers, trailer houses, farm tractors or any other type of mobile equipment.
Cleaning outdoor surfaces: the washing of sidewalks, driveways, filling station aprons, porches, decks and other outdoor surfaces.
Cleaning buildings: the washing of the outside of dwellings, businesses, offices or other buildings.
Ornamental fountains: the operation of any ornamental fountains or other structures making a similar use of water.
Filling swimming pools: the filling of any pool, pond or other facility for swimming purposes.
Escape through defective plumbing: the escape of water through defective plumbing, which shall mean the knowing permission for defective plumbing to remain out of repair.
The Mayor and Council, by resolution, may prohibit all or some of the foregoing activities and may limit the days or hours such activities are permitted.
The Public Works/Business Administrator of the Town of Clinton, the Water Superintendent or their designee shall have the authority to enforce the provisions of this chapter by the discontinuance of water service in the event of violation hereof. If water service is discontinued for a violation of this chapter, the fee to have the service resumed shall be $100.
[Amended 12-12-1995 by Ord. No. 95-16]
In addition, any person, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be fined in an amount not exceeding $1,000 for each violation hereof. Each day such violation is committed or permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense and shall be punishable as such hereunder.