§ 912.09  WATER RATIONING.
   In the event that water shortage conditions threaten public health, safety, and welfare, the City Manager is hereby authorized to ration water according to the following water allocation plan:
   (A)   Single-family residential customers. 
      (1)   The allocation to residential water customers residing in a single-family dwelling shall be as follows:
 
Persons per Household
Gallons per Month
1 or 2
6,000
3 or 4
7,000
5 or 6
8,000
7 or 8
9,000
9 or 10
10,000
11 or more
12,000
 
      (2)   HOUSEHOLD means the residential premises served by the customer’s meter.  PERSONS PER HOUSEHOLD includes only those persons currently physically residing at the premises and expected to reside there for the entire billing period.  It shall be assumed that a particular customer’s household is comprised of two persons unless the customer notifies the city of a greater number of persons per household on a form prescribed by the City Manager.  The City Manager shall give his or her best effort to see that such forms are mailed, otherwise provided, or made available to every residential customer.  If, however, a customer does not receive such a form, it shall be the customer’s responsibility to go to the city offices to complete and sign the form claiming more than two persons per household.  New customers may claim more persons per household at the time of applying for household increases so as to place the customer in a different allocation category.  The customer may notify the city on such form and the change will be implemented in the next practicable billing period.  If the number of persons in a household is reduced, the customer shall notify the city in writing within two days.  In prescribing the method for claiming more than two persons per household, the City Manager shall adopt methods to insure the accuracy of the claim.  Any person who knowingly, recklessly, or with criminal negligence falsely reports the number of persons in a household or fails timely to notify the city of a reduction in the number of persons in a household shall be fined not less than $30. 
      (3)   Residential water customers shall pay the following surcharges:
 
$25
First 1,000 gallons over allocation
$50
Second 1,000 gallons over allocation
$75
Third 1,000 gallons over allocation
$100
Each additional 1,000 gallons over allocation
 
   Surcharges shall be cumulative.
   (B)   Master-metered multi-family residential customers.
      (1)   The allocation to a customer billed from a master meter, which jointly measures water to multiple permanent residential dwelling units, shall be 6,000 gallons per month for each dwelling unit.
      (2)   It shall be assumed that such a customer’s meter serves two dwelling units unless the customer notifies the city of a greater number on a form prescribed by the City Manager.  The City Manager shall give his or her best effort to see that such forms are mailed, otherwise provided, or made available to every such customer.  If, however, a customer does not receive such form, it shall be the customer’s responsibility to go to the city offices to complete and sign the form claiming more than two dwellings.  A dwelling unit may be claimed under this provision whether it is occupied or not.  New customers may claim more dwelling units at the time of applying for water service on the form prescribed by the City Manager.  If the number of dwelling units served by a master meter is reduced, the customer shall notify the city in writing within two days.  In prescribing the method for claiming more than two dwelling units, the City Manager shall adopt methods to insure the accuracy of the claim.  Any person who knowingly, recklessly, or with criminal negligence falsely reports the number of dwelling units served by a master meter or fails timely to notify the city of a reduction in the number of dwelling units served by a master meter shall be fined not less than $30. 
      (3)   Customers billed from a master meter under this provision shall pay the following monthly surcharges:
 
$25
For 1,000 gallons over allocation up to 1,000 gallons for each dwelling unit.
$50
Thereafter, for each additional 1,000 gallons over allocation up through a second 1,000 gallons for each dwelling unit.
$75
Thereafter, for each additional 1,000 gallons over allocation up through a third 1,000 gallons for each dwelling unit.
$100
Thereafter for each additional 1,000 gallons over allocation.
 
Surcharges shall be cumulative.
   (C)   Commercial customers.
      (1)   A monthly water usage allocation shall be established by the City Manager, or his or her designee, for each nonresidential commercial customer other than an industrial customer who uses water for processing purposes.  The non-residential customer’s allocation shall be approximately 75% of the customer’s usage for corresponding month’s billing period for the previous 12 months.  If the customer’s billing history is shorter than 12 months, the monthly average for the period for which there is a record shall be used for any monthly period for which no history exists.  A customer, 100% of whose monthly usage is less than 6,000 gallons, shall be allocated 6,000 gallons. 
      (2)   The City Manager shall give his or her best effort to see that notice of each non-residential customer’s allocation is mailed to such customer.  If, however, a customer does not receive such notice, it shall be the customer’s responsibility to contact the city to determine the allocation, and the allocation shall be fully effective notwithstanding the lack of receipt of written notice. 
      (3)   Upon request of the customer or at the initiative of the City Manager, the allocation may be reduced or increased, based upon the following considerations:
         (a)   The designated period does not accurately reflect the customer’s normal water usage because the customer had shutdown a major processing unit for repair or overhaul during the period;
         (b)   The customer has added or is in the process of adding significant additional processing capacity;
         (c)   The customer has shut down or significantly reduced the production of a major processing unit;
         (d)   The customer has previously implemented significant permanent water conservation measures such that the ability to further reduce usage is limited;
         (e)   The customer agrees to transfer part of its allocation to another industrial customer; or
         (f)   Other objective evidence demonstrates that the designated allocation is inaccurate under present conditions.
      (4)   A customer may appeal an allocation established hereunder to the City Manager, or alternately, a special water allocation review committee.
      (5)   Industrial customers shall pay the following surcharges:
         (a)   Customers whose allocation is 20,000 gallons through 100,000 gallons per month:
 
$25
Per thousand gallons for the first 1,000 gallons over allocation
$50
Per thousand gallons for the second 1,000 gallons over allocation
$75
Per thousand gallons for the third 1,000 gallons over allocation
$100
Per thousand gallons for each additional 1,000 gallons over allocation
 
         (b)   Customers whose allocation is 100,001 gallons per month or more:
 
1.25
Times the block rate for each 1,000 gallons in excess of the allocation up through 5% above allocation.
1.50
Times the block rate for each 1,000 gallons from 5% through 10% above allocation.
1.75
Times the block rate for each 1,000 gallons from 10%t through 15% above allocation.
2.0
Times the block rate for each 1,000 gallons more than 15% above allocation.
 
   The surcharges shall be cumulative.  As used herein, BLOCK RATE means the charge to the customer per 1,000 gallons at the regular water rate schedule at the level of the customer’s allocation.
(Ord. 7966, passed 10-24-00)