The official text of the new water regulations in Fairfax County is as follows:
It is hereby ordered:
1. That the use of water supplied by the Fairfax County Water Authority is prohibited, for the duration of the period in which this order shall be in effect, for the following purposes:
a. Watering of shrubbery, trees, lawns, grass, plants or any other vegetation, except:
(1)from a watering can or other container not exceeding three gallons in capacity;
(2)for watering of stocks by plant nurseries, watering of crops by commercial agricultural operators and watering of golf course greens; and
(3)for watering of newly established lawns or sod less than five weeks old, which may be watered in the minimum amount required to preserve plant life, and in any event only on odd numbered days of the month before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m.
b. Washing of automobiles, trucks, trailers or other mobile equipment, except:
(1)from a bucket or other container not exceeding three gallons in capacity;
(2)in vehicle wash facilities operating with water cycling systems approved by the County of Fairfax with a prominently displayed sign in public so stating;
(3)in any vehicle wash facility not so equipped, if imposition of this restriction would require the laying off of any employee;
(4)by any commerical organization, if imposition of this restriction would required the laying off of any employee.
c. Washing of streets, driveways, parking lots, service station aprons, the exterior of commercial or residential buildings, or any other outdoor surfaces, except from a bucket or other container not exceeding three-gallon capacity, unless such washing is required to eliminate hazard.
d. Filling or adding water to any swimming and/or wading pool, except:
(1)for home wading pools requiring not more than five gallons of water;
(2)that pools may be filled to a level two feet below normal, or water may be added to bring the level two feet below normal, as necessary to protect the structure from hydrostatic damage.
e.Any other use of the water supply for outdoor recreation.
f. Air conditioning, where interior temperature is less than 78 degrees Fahrenheit, except in totally closed systems to which no water need be added.
g. Operation of any ornamental fountain or other structure making similar use of water, unless such structure is part of an air conditioning system.
h. Service of drinking water in restaurants, except on request.
2. That operators of commerical and industrial installations, rental apartment buildings, cooperative apartment buildings and condominiums shall inspect their water systems within five days of the date of this order to detect any leaks which may be wasting water and take prompt action to eliminate all such leaks; posting in a public place a notice, signed by the operator or his designee, certifying that such inspection has been completed and remedial action, if required, has been initiated.
3. That enforcement of this order shall commence at noon Saturday, Sept. 17, 1977.
4. That the restrictions set forth herein apply only to individuals or corporations served by the Fairfax County Water Authority; those using private wells or served by other water systems are not affected by this order, except that those served by water systems operated by other political jurisdictions are required to comply with such restrictions on the use of water as those jurisdictions may impose on their own citizens.
5. That an Appeals Board or Board consisting of representatives of the Fairfax County League of Women Voters, Fairfax County Federation of Citizens Associations and Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce be established to hear petitions for exemption from the provisions of this order; in the event an appeal is denied by such Board, the appellant may appeal directly to the Board of Supervisors.
6. That this order shall remain in effect until such time as sufficient water exists in the Occoquan Reservoir so that an emergency no longer is deemed to exist.
In addition to the above order, the public is hereby informed that:
1. Violation of the above order is a Class III misdemeanor, punishable by a fine not to exceed $500 for any single offense.
2. It is the intent of the Board of Supervisors that the restrictions imposed under this order be such as to eliminate non-essential uses of water without adversely impacting the economic life of the people and business concerns of Fairfax County, and specifically without causing loss of employment or property. More stringent restrictions, which may not be so limited, will be promulgated at a later date if the severity of the water shortage so dictates.
3. In addition to mandatory restrictions on the use of water, all persons served by the Fairfax County Water Authority are requested to continue voluntary water conservation measures for the duration of the emergency.
The ordinance on water conservation in the City of Alexandria prohibits:
(1)The washing of automobiles, trucks, trailers or any other type of mobile equipment except in vehicle wash facilities operating with a water recycling system approved by the city with a prominently displayed sign in public view so stating, or from a bucket or other container not exceeding three gallon capacity.
(2)The washing of streets, driveways, parking lots, service station aprons, office buildings, exteriors of homes or apartments or other outdoor surfaces.
(3)Watering of outside shrubbery, trees, lawns, grass, plants or any other vegetation, except from a watering can or other container not exceeding three gallon capacity. This limitation shall not apply to vegetable gardens, greenhouse or nursery stocks and newly established lawns or sod less than five weeks old, which may be watered in the minimum amount required to preserve plant life before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m.
(4)The operation of any ornamental fountain or other structure making a similar use of water.
(5)The filling of swimming or wading pools requiring more than five gallons of water, or the refilling of swimming or wading pools which were drained after the effective date of the order, except that pools may be filled to a level two feet below normal, or water may be added to bring the level to two feet below normal, or as necessary to protect the structure from hydrostatic damage, as to pools constructed or contracted for on or before Sept. 17, 1977.
(6)The service of drinking water in restaurants except upon request.
(7)The use of water from fire hydrants for any purpose other than fire suppression unless otherwise specifically provided by the city manager.
(8)The operation of any water cooled comfort air conditioning which does not have water conserving equipment in operation.
(9)In addition to the foregoing water use restrictions or curtailments, any owner of any residential units, or any owner of any commerical or industrial establishment which is found to be an excessive user of water due to leakage from water lines or plumbing fixtures on the premises and who fails to take immediate action to repair and stop such leakage after notice by the city, shall be subject to those penalties provided under Section 3, infra.
Section 3 - Penalties: Any person violating any provision of this ordinance or any order of the city manager implementing this ordinance shall upon conviction be subject to a fine of not more than $500. In addition, the city manager may seek suspension of the water service to any violator.
Section 4 - Appeals: Whenever the city manager shall issue an order directing restriction or curtailment of the use of water as provided herein or shall seek suspension of water service as a result of a vioaltion of any provision of this ordinance or of any order implementing this ordinance, any person subject to such order or suspension may appeal to the city council. The city council shall act as a board of appeal on such matters. The city council shall grant an appellant the opportunity to present in writing or, at the option of the appellant, in a public hearing, arguments against the decision of the city manager. Additionally, the city council may, on written application, permit an exemption or less than full compliance with any order of the city manager issued pursuant to this ordinance when, in its judgment, compliance or full cimpliance would work an exceptional and unjustifiable hardship. All applications for appeals or exemptions must be in writing. The city manager shall be authorized to issue in writing temporary waivers or exceptions within the provisions of this ordinance for such periods of times as may be necessary for the city council to formally consider such exemptions or take appropriate action.