For the purpose of this subchapter the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
   CUSTOMER.    Any person, business, corporation, partnership, or other entity using water for any purpose from the city's water distribution system for which either a regular charge is made or, in the case of water haulers or bulk sales, a cash charge is made at the site of delivery.
   OTHER SOURCES OF WATER.    Water that has not been introduced by the city into its water distribution system.
   PRIMARY WATER SUPPLIES.    All water potentially available to customers in the city through its principal supplier, Kenton County Water District.
   TREATED WATER.       Water that has been introduced by the city into its water distribution system, including water offered for sale, which is that water supplied by its principal supplier, Kenton County Water District.
   WASTE OF WATER.    Includes, but is not limited to, (1) permitting water to escape down a gutter, ditch, or other service drain, or (2) failure to repair a controllable leak of water due to defective plumbing.
   WATER SHORTAGE RESPONSE PHASES.    Those discernible conditions or situations bringing about and authorizing upon their occurrence or existence certain measures for conservation of water resources as set forth in this subchapter.  These phases are as follows:
      (1)   ADVISORY.    That phase where conditions exist indicating the potential for serious water supply shortages.
      (2)   ALERT.    That phase where primary water supplies are consistently below seasonal averages, and if they continue to decline, may adversely affect the adequacy of treated water supply to meet normal needs.
      (3)   EMERGENCY.    That phase where treated water supplies are below the level necessary to meet normal needs and that serious shortages exist in the area that adversely impact water service and supply to the city.
      (4)   CRITICAL EMERGENCY.    That phase where treated water supplies have been so depleted with no reasonable expectation of replenishing such water supplies within the near future that preservation of water for essential water use through rationing of treated water is necessary and essential for the public health, safety, and welfare.  Essential water uses are those uses of water identified as Class 1 in § 50.77.
(Ord. 1988-13, passed 7-25-88)