§ 54.18  WATER USE RATIONING FOR NON-RESIDENTIAL WATER USERS.
   (A)   Non-residential customers include commercial, industrial, institutional, public and all other such users, with the exception of hospitals and health care facilities.
   (B)   Non-residential water customers shall further reduce their water usage to the lesser of 40 gallons per person per day or to 50% of use levels during March 1985, or the last recorded use level if no meter readings record the rate of the customers' use on March, 1985.
   (C)   It is the primary responsibility of each non-residential water customer to meet its mandated water use reduction goal in whatever manner possible.
   (D)   The city may establish a water allotment for each non-residential water customer, based upon a required further reduction of water usage from the allotment established by reference to division (B) of this section.
   (E)   Each non-residential water user shall provide access to city personnel for purposes of meter reading and monitoring of compliance with this subchapter.  All reasonable efforts will be made to contact customers to arrange for access.
   (F)   (1)   If the mandated further reduction in water usage cannot be obtained without imposing extraordinary hardships which threatens health and safety, the non-residential customer may apply to the city for a variance.  For these purposes EXTRAORDINARY HARDSHIP means a permanent damage to property or economic loss which is substantially more severe than the sacrifices borne by other water users subject to this water rationing subchapter.  If the further reduction would cause an extraordinary hardship or threaten health or safety, a variance may be granted and a revised water use reduction requirement for the particular customer may be established.
      (2)   Any person aggrieved by a decision relating to such a variance rendered by a public utility or municipal corporation may file a complaint with the city's governing body in accordance with the city's administrative procedures.
      (3)   In the case of rural water districts, appeals should be filed with the state's Public Service Commission.
   (G)   The city will provide each non-residential customer with suggested means to reduce usage levels (see § 54.19).
(Ord. 86-39, passed 10-22-86)  Penalty, see § 54.99