The following words and phrases whenever used in this chapter have the meaning defined in this section:
BILLING UNIT. The unit of water used to apply water rates for purposes of calculating water charges for a person's water usage and equals seven hundred forty-eight (748) gallons of water.
CITY MANAGER. The City Manager or such official's designee.
COST. The actual cost to the city, including all labor, material, supplies, equipment, and miscellaneous items, together with any applicable indirect and general charges plus general administrative overhead, in accordance with the accounting practices of the city.
CUSTOMER. Water customer or water user.
EFFECTIVE DATE. June 1, 2021.
EXCESSIVE WATER USE PENALTY. The administrative penalty that may be imposed by the city during a Level 3, 4, 5, or 6 water shortage as set forth in this chapter.
FLOW RESTRICTING DEVICE or FLOW RESTRICTOR. A fitting inserted into the service connection to reduce flow capacity.
GROWER. A person engaged in growing plant material or raising animals.
GRAY WATER. Untreated wastewater that meets the then-current requirements of Cal. Health and Safety Code § 17922.12. In general, GRAY WATER includes wastewater from bathtubs, showers, bathroom washbasins, clothes washing machines, and laundry tubs, but does not include wastewater from kitchen sinks or dishwashers.
GUIDELINES. The Guidelines for Implementation of the Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (Chapter 14.00 of this code), which describe procedures, calculations, and requirements for landscape projects subject to such ordinance.
INCIDENTAL RUNOFF. A minimal amount of irrigation water that escapes the area of intended use. INCIDENTAL RUNOFF includes minor windblown overspray, mist extending onto sidewalks within a park, and minimal runoff from watering trees.
IRRIGATION CUSTOMER. A person who, according to city records, receives water service and has a dedicated irrigation meter for outdoor irrigation of landscaping.
LANDSCAPE IRRIGATION SYSTEM. An irrigation system with pipes, hoses, spray heads, or sprinkling devices that are operated by hand or through an automated system.
LANDSCAPE PROJECT. Total area of landscape in a project, as provided in the definition of landscaped area in § 14.00.070.
LARGE LANDSCAPE AREAS. A lawn, landscape, or other vegetated area, or combination thereof, equal to more than one (1) acre of irrigable land.
MWD. The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which is the wholesale urban water supplier of imported water to MWDOC.
MWDOC. The Municipal Water District of Orange County, which is the regional wholesale urban water supplier of imported water to Orange County.
NEW CONSTRUCTION. A new building with a landscape or a new landscape such as a park, playground, or greenbelt without an associated building.
POTABLE WATER. Water which is suitable for drinking.
PREMISES. The integral property or area, including improvements thereon, to which water service is provided or for which an application for service is filed.
RECYCLED WATER. The reclamation and reuse of nonpotable water for beneficial use.
REHABILITATED LANDSCAPE. Any relandscaping project that meets the applicability criteria of § 14.00.030(A), where the modified landscape area is greater than two thousand five hundred (2,500) square feet.
SERVICE CONNECTION. The pipe or tubing, fittings, and valves necessary to conduct water from the distribution main to and through the meter.
SINGLE PASS COOLING SYSTEM. Equipment where water is circulated only once to cool equipment before being disposed.
TURF. A ground cover surface of mowed grass. Annual bluegrass, Kentucky bluegrass, Perennial ryegrass, Red fescue, and Tall fescue are cool-season grasses. Bermudagrass, Kikuyugrass, Seashore Paspalum, St. Augustinegrass, Zoysiagrass, and Buffalo grass are warm-season grasses.
VALVE. A device used to control the flow of water in an irrigation system.
WATER ALLOCATION. The amount of water a residential or irrigation customer may use in a billing cycle.
WATER CUSTOMER. The person in whose name service is rendered as evidenced by the signature on the application or agreement for that service, or, in the absence of a signed instrument, by the receipt and payment of bills regularly issued in the person's name, regardless of the identity of the actual user of the service.
WATER FEATURE. A design element where open water performs an aesthetic or recreational function. WATER FEATURES include ponds, lakes, waterfalls, fountains, artificial streams, spas, and swimming pools (where water is artificially supplied). The surface area of WATER FEATURES is included in the high water use hydrozone of the landscaped area. Constructed wetlands used for on-site wastewater treatment, habitat protection, or stormwater best management practices that are not irrigated and used solely for water treatment or storm water retention are not WATER FEATURES and, therefore, are not subject to the water budget calculation.
WATER SHORTAGE EMERGENCY. A condition existing within the city in which the ordinary water demands and requirements of persons within the city cannot be satisfied without depleting the water supply of the city to the extent that there would be insufficient water for human consumption, sanitation, and fire protection. A WATER SHORTAGE EMERGENCY includes both an immediate emergency, in which the city is unable to meet current water needs of persons within the city, as well as a threatened water shortage, in which the city determines that its supply cannot meet an increased future demand.
WATER USER. Any user of water including a water customer.
WSCP. Water shortage contingency plan.
(Ord. 1123, passed 6-18-09; Am. Ord. 1221, passed 6-1-21)