7-2-5: REPORTING; SYSTEM OF RATIONING:
   A.   Report: In the event of a shortage or anticipated shortage of water, the Public Works Supervisor shall report the shortage or anticipated shortage to the Mayor, or if he be unavailable, the Council, who is empowered to establish a system of rationing or limiting the delivery of water to the users.
   B.   Priority: In establishing such system of rationing, priority shall be given to the use of water for the following purposes stated in order of descending priority:
      1.   Sufficient reserves for emergency uses and emergency facility (i.e., firefighting, fire stations, hospitals, nursing homes, etc.).
      2.   Residential inside building use and residential outside potable and sanitary uses.
      3.   Commercial inside building use and commercial outside for potable and sanitary uses; and industrial inside building use and industrial outside potable and sanitary use.
      4.   Commercial outside nonpotable and nonsanitary uses and residential outside nonpotable and nonsanitary use.
      5.   Industrial outside nonpotable and nonsanitary uses.
   C.   Special Agreements, Contracts: Additionally, where consumers are purchasing water pursuant to special written agreement with the City that provide for reduction of delivery to the customers, these contract provisions may be an additional criteria for consideration.
   D.   Restrictions Or Limitations: The system of rationing may either restrict or limit lower priority uses in favor of higher priority uses, or rationing may be applied to more than one class of users to permit continued but reduced usage for several levels of priority uses. Any rationing system may provide that a class of use may be restricted to use on certain days of the week, times of the day, or quantities of water as may be determined to be fair and equitable and in consideration of the use priorities herein established.
   E.   Diameter Of Service Connection: Because of the potential for larger diameter service connections to draw a disproportionate quantity of water from the system, each diameter size of service connection shall constitute a separate class of service connection and the larger service connections may be shut off or otherwise restricted to limit or stop the flow of water to ensure adequate quantity and pressure is maintained to users with smaller diameter connections applying the water to uses of an equal or higher priority. (Ord. 96, 6-13-2001)