[Ord. 99-8-17-2, 8/17/1999, Art. I]
This Part shall apply to all users of water in Plumstead Township (the "Township") or outside the Township who rely upon a source of water within the Township.
[Ord. 99-8-17-2, 8/17/1999, Art. II]
The Board of Supervisors may, upon the recommendation of the Township Water Commission, Water Department or the Township water consultant, determine that a drought emergency exists in the Township which warrants the imposition of mandatory water use restrictions.
Upon a determination of a drought emergency, the Township Board of Supervisors shall, at its next publicly advertised meeting, declare the emergency by resolution and place into effect the mandatory water use restrictions of this Part.
Some or all of the mandatory restrictions may be removed or modified by subsequent resolution once the Board of Supervisors determines that the drought emergency has ended.
[Ord. 99-8-17-2, 8/17/1999, Art. III]
Upon the declaration of a drought emergency, the following nonessential uses of water shall be banned in accordance with the following provisions:
Watering lawns, except:
Water may be applied to grass areas as part of a wastewater or stormwater system utilizing spray irrigation.
Grass tennis courts and newly seeded or sodded grass areas may be watered at the minimum rate by bucket, can or hand-held hose equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle only between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. and only every other day. Premises with even-numbered addresses may water on even-numbered dates, and premises with odd-numbered addresses may water on odd-numbered dates (hereinafter "designated days").
Greens and tees of golf courses may be watered, only on designated days at the minimum rate recommended by a professional landscaper between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.
Sod or turf farms may irrigate at the minimum rate to avoid loss of crop and in accordance with industry standard best conservation management practices.
Use of water to irrigate and water outdoor gardens, landscaped areas, trees, shrubs and other outdoor plants, except:
By bucket, can or hand-held hose equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. and only on designated days.
Agricultural irrigation for the production of food and fiber, the maintenance of livestock and poultry or the production of nursery stock at a minimum amount required, where non-fresh water is not available.
For the preservation and maintenance of significant specimens in arboretums and public gardens of regional significance.
At the minimum rate necessary to implement revegetation required pursuant to an approved sedimentation and erosion control plan in compliance with best conservation management practices of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection or the Bucks County Conservation District.
The use of any water for ornamental purposes such as fountains, artificial waterfalls and reflecting pools.
The use of any water for the cleaning or washing of mobile or stationary equipment, vehicles, boats, trucks, trailers, except:
The serving of water in clubs and eating and drinking establishments, unless specifically requested by the customer.
Exportation of fresh water from the Township in quantities in excess of 1,000 gallons per day.
Filling and topping off swimming pools, except:
Swimming pools equipped with filtration equipment that allows for continued use and recycling of water over the swimming season.
Swimming pools operated by health care facilities used in connection with patient care and rehabilitation.
Qualifying swimming pools may be filled or topped off only on designated days.
Exemption from the ban on nonessential uses may be granted as follows:
By the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Council in accordance with established procedures within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
In addition to these prohibitions, residents are encouraged to monitor their consumption and conserve water at every reasonable opportunity.
[Ord. 99-8-17-2, 8/17/1999, Art. IV]
Upon the declaration of a drought emergency by the Township Board of Supervisors, no burning permits shall be granted by the Township Fire Marshall or other designated Township official.
[Ord. 99-8-17-2, 8/17/1999, Art. V]
Upon the declaration of a drought emergency, no builder or developer in the Township may seed a new lawn for a recently constructed residence or commercial building until such time as the drought emergency has ended.
If a building permit has been issued by the Township, prior to the declaration of a drought emergency, which authorizes the seeding of a new lawn upon completion of construction, the provisions of the building permit shall automatically be amended to prohibit seeding until the drought restrictions have ended.
[Ord. 99-8-17-2, 8/17/1999, Art. VI]
Any person, corporation, business or other user of water in the Township found to be in violation of any of the provisions of this Part shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to the following penalties:
First Offense: written warning citation. A warning citation shall be considered delivered if personally served on the individual by a Township representative or by placing same in first class mail.
Second Offense: $100 fine.
Third Offense: $300 fine.
In addition to the penalties set forth herein, customers of the Township's publicly owned water system shall be subject to the following:
If a customer of the Township's publicly owned water system incurs a fourth offense or refuses to pay a fine, the Township may discontinue service to the customer's premises until such time as any outstanding fines are satisfied and the customer allows the installation of a flow restriction device at the water meter, which shall remain on the water meter until such time as the drought emergency has ended.
If a customer of the Township's publicly owned water system reduces water usage by 15% from the quarter prior to the declaration of a drought emergency, that customer will receive a $10 credit on their subsequent water bill in addition to the amount of water conserved by the customer.