DEFINITIONS: The following definitions are proposed in the revised code.
ACTION of THE UTILITY means actions taken by Austin Water Utility in accordance with this Chapter
AQUATIC LIFE means a vertebrate organism dependent upon an aquatic environment to sustain life.
AUXILIARY WATER means a water supply from a source other than Austin Water Utility’s potable watersupply.
AWU AUTHORIZED IRRIGATOR means any person licensed as a Landscape Irrigator by the TexasCommission on Environmental Quality and having completed a landscape irrigation course approved by theAustin Water Director and who has asserted
AWU Authorized Irrigator status in accordance with rulesadopted pursuant to this Chapter.
COMMERCIAL FACILITY means a site with five or more dwelling units, or a municipal, business, or industrialbuilding and the associated landscaping.
COMMERCIAL NURSERY means a facility where plant nursery stock, trees, turf, shrubs, and other plantmaterials are grown, maintained prior to end user purchase, or stored prior to installation into a landscape.
COMMON AREA means an area held, designed, or designated for the common use of the owners oroccupants of a townhouse project, planned unit development, apartment, condominium, mobile homepark, or subdivision.
COSMETIC POWER WASHING means cleaning with specialized equipment that uses a spray or of water forthe cosmetic cleaning of buildings, vehicles or other mobile equipment, or outdoor surfaces. It does notinclude industrial cleaning, cleaning associated with manufacturing activities, hazardous or toxic wastecleaning, cleaning to remove a potential health threat, or cleaning necessary to remove graffiti.
DESIGNATED OUTDOOR WATER USE DAY means the day prescribed by rule on which a person is permittedto irrigate outdoors.
DESIGNEE OF THE DIRECTOR means an employee of the City of Austin authorized by his/her employment toperform tasks necessary for the function of the Utility.
DIRECTOR means the Executive Director of the Austin Water Utility
DRIP IRRIGATION means a method of irrigation which is typically installed below ground and consists ofporous piping or emitters that allow the application of water at a slow and constant rate.
DROUGHT CONTINGENCEY PLAN means a document as required by Texas Administrative Code Title 30,Chapter 288, Subchapter B, which outlines strategies for supply and demand management responses totemporary and potentially recurring water supply shortages and other water supply emergencies
FOUNDATION WATERING means an application of water to the soils directly abutting the foundation of asingle or multi‐ family dwelling, or a municipal or commercial building.
HOSE‐END SPRINKLER means an above ground water distribution device commonly attached to the end ofa garden hose.
MULTI‐FAMILY PROPERTY means property containing 5 or more dwelling units.
MUNICIPAL PROPERTY means property owned by a governmental entity and operated for business with thegeneral public
NEW LANDSCAPE means vegetation:(a) installed at the time of the construction of a residential or commercial facility;(b) installed as part of a governmental entity's capital improvement project; or(c) that alters more than 500 contiguous square feet of an existing landscape
ORNAMENTAL FOUNTAIN means an artificially created structure from which a jet, stream, or flow of wateremanates.
PERMANANTLY INSTALLED IRRIGATION SYSTEM means a custom‐made, site‐specific system of deliveringwater via a system of pipes or other conduits to a landscape for the purpose of irrigation. These systemscommonly, but not universally, utilize, at least in part, PVC pipe in their construction and utilize waterdistribution devices.
PERSON means any individual, partnership, association, firm, public or private corporation, governmentalauthority, or other legal entity that receives or is responsible for water Utility service at a service address.
PREMISE means the outdoor area of property not enclosed by fencing or walls or containing living areas orareas for storing vehicles or other motorized equipment.
RECLAIMED WATER means reclaimed municipal wastewater that is under the direct control of the Citytreatment plants, satellite facilities, or a treatment plant with which the City contracts, and that has beentreated to a quality that meets or exceeds 30 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 210 requirements
RESIDENTIAL FACILITY means a site with four or fewer dwelling units.
SOAKER HOSE means a perforated or permeable garden‐type hose or pipe that is laid above ground thatprovides irrigation at a slow and constant rate
TEMPORARILY INSTALLED IRRIGATION SYSTEM means a universally‐applicable above ground irrigationsystem that commonly uses a flexible hose or hardened pipe to deliver water to a moveable waterdistribution device.
THE UTILITY means the Austin Water Utility
VEHICLE WASH FACILITY means a permanently‐located facility that washes vehicles or other mobileequipment with water or water‐based products, including but not limited to self‐service car washes, fullservice car washes, roll‐over/in‐bay style car washes, and facilities managing vehicle fleets or vehicleinventory.
XERISCAPE means a method of landscaping using certain principles of design and installation whichconserve water and energy. The low water plant list may be amended as needed and shall be located onthe Austin Water Utility website or otherwise made available by Austin Water Utility.
1. APPLICABILITY: This code will apply to anyone who uses potable water supplied by Austin Water
2. FEES AND CHARGES:There will be fees charged for variances and other similar programs. There will be charges for violationsassessed on a customer’s bill. The customer will be notified as to what the charges mean and will haveopportunity through an administrative process to contest the charges. The fee and charge amounts willbe set by Council under a separate rule or through the annual budget process.
3. INSPECTIONS AND RIGHT OF ENTRY:The Utility is given the authority to inspect properties for violations if there is cause to believe aviolation exists. The inspection is limited to outdoor areas and /or common areas and provides theability to obtain law enforcement to gain access if necessary.
4. ADMINISTRATIVE:This section gives the Director the authority to adopt rules necessary to implement the Code. Theserules are a separate regulatory instrument but have the same enforceability as the Code. Rules that willbe adopted in concert with this code will include: Establishment of designated outdoor water use days/ watering schedule Requirement for commercial facility irrigation evaluations and the management of an Austin WaterAuthorized Irrigator list. Vehicle washing equipment efficiency standards