Town of North Beach, MD
Calvert County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Town Council of the Town of North Beach 3-2-2004 by Ord. No. 04-01. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Water and sewers — See Ch. 112
Whenever, by reason of a prolonged drought, a failure of equipment, or otherwise, the Director of Public Works advises the Mayor that a shortage of water in the Town water system is anticipated unless the use of water not essential to the public health, safety and welfare is curtailed, the Mayor may declare a water emergency and declare the date and time when the water emergency plan shall become effective. Notice of the declaration shall be published as soon as possible in a local newspaper and be given to local news media.
After the effective date and time is established for the emergency plan provided for by this chapter, the use and withdrawal of water from the Town water system for the following purposes is prohibited during the period of the emergency:
A. 
The sprinkling, watering or irrigation of shrubbery, trees, grass, ground covers, plants, flowers or any other vegetation; except that, on even-numbered days in any month, these uses may be made upon properties bearing an even-numbered street designation, and upon odd-numbered days of each month, these uses may be made upon properties bearing odd-numbered street designation;
B. 
The washing of automobiles, trucks, trailers, trailer houses, railroad cars or any other type of mobile equipment; except that, this provision shall not apply to a commercial establishment of which the sole or chief business activity is the washing of automobiles;
C. 
The washing of sidewalks, driveways, filling station aprons, porches and other outdoor surfaces;
D. 
The washing of the outside of dwellings or other buildings;
E. 
The operation of any ornamental fountain or other structure making a similar use of water;
F. 
The filling of swimming and wading pools; except that, this provision shall not apply to the maintenance of water level in those pools employing a filter and recirculating system;
G. 
The escape of water through defective plumbing, which means the knowing permission for defective plumbing to remain out of repair.
If the Director of Public Works advises the Mayor that a critical water shortage exists within the Town water system, then the Mayor shall declare an extreme emergency in the same manner as set forth in this chapter for other water emergencies, and in addition, the following uses shall be prohibited:
A. 
The washing and cleaning of any business or industrial equipment and machinery except as is absolutely necessary to maintain the equipment from deterioration;
B. 
The washing of the inside of office buildings, or other buildings used in business and industry, but excluding businesses engaged in the manufacturing, process, selling or serving of food products or products for human consumption;
C. 
All uses of a business or industrial nature, except where reasonably necessary for the continuance of the business or industry; and
D. 
The sprinkling, watering or irrigation of shrubbery, trees, grass, ground covers, plants, flowers or any other vegetation upon any property whatever.
Upon the advice of the Director of Public Works that the critical water shortage, or the danger of a water shortage as the case may be, in the Town water system no longer exists, the Mayor shall declare the emergency plan terminated, declaring the date and time of the termination, and shall cause public notice to be given in the same manner as provided by this chapter for the declaration of the emergency.
A person violating this chapter shall be warned by a Town Official discovering or advised of the violation, upon the first offense, that any subsequent violations may result in the imposition of a municipal infraction. The Town shall maintain a record of all warnings issued under the provisions of this section.