(A)   The objective of the drought response ordinance codified as §§ 53.43 through 53.50 is to establish authority, policy and procedure by which the town will take the proper actions to manage water demand during a drought-related shortage. The ordinance satisfies the requirements of the Drought Response Act of 2000, being S.C. Code §§ 49-23-10 et seq. and has the goal of achieving the greatest public benefit from limited supplies of water needed for domestic water use, sanitation and fire protection and of allocating water for other purposes in an equitable manner.
   (B)   This subchapter outlines the actions to be taken for the conservation of water supplied by the town. These actions are directed both towards an overall reduction in water usage and the optimization of supply.
   (C)   To satisfy these goals, the town hereby adopts the following regulations and restrictions on the delivery and consumption of water. This subchapter is hereby declared necessary for the protection of public health, safety and welfare and shall take effect upon its adoption by the town.
   (D)   If it becomes necessary to conserve water in its service area due to drought, the town is authorized to issue a proclamation that existing conditions prevent fulfillment of the usual water use demands. The proclamation is an attempt to prevent depleting the water supply to the extent that water use for human consumption, sanitation, fire protection and other essential needs becomes endangered.
   (E)   Immediately upon issuance of this proclamation, regulations and restrictions set forth under this subchapter shall become effective and remain in effect until the water supply shortage has ended and the proclamation rescinded.
   (F)   Water uses that are regulated or prohibited under this subchapter are considered to be non-essential and continuation of the uses during times of water supply shortages is deemed to constitute a waste of water, subjecting the offender(s) to penalties.
(Ord. 06-03-03, passed 6-3-2003)
Editor’s note:
   The ordinance codified as §§ 53.43 through 53.50 officially approved the Drought Management Plan of § 53.42.