12.0350 Low groundwater conditions.

Cite as [A.S.A.C. § 12.0350]

(a) “Caution” low-water condition exists:

(1) at anytime during the period in which 3 or more of the groundwater head levels at the facilities listed in Schedule I, under subsection (f) of this section fall below the levels designated in column A of that schedule for such facilities;

(2) whenever chloride content rises 12 parts per million but less than 16 parts per million over 3 consecutive months at sufficient sources to hamper operations.

(b) The general manager may at any time during a period in which a caution low-water condition exists:

(1) inform its customers and the public that a caution low-water condition exists;

(2) conduct an intensive public appeal for water conservation through the mass media;

(3) institute voluntary irrigation or other water-rise schedules to reduce water consumption;

(4) send letters to large consumers and other private well operators asking them ~o cut back their usage.

(c) “Critical’’ low-water conditions exist:

(1) at anytime during the period in which 3 or more of the groundwater head levels at the facilities listed in Schedule I, under subsection (f) of this section, fall below the level designated in column B of that schedule for such facilities;

(2) whenever chloride content rises 16 parts per million or more over 3 consecutive months at sufficient sources to hamper operations.

(d) The general manager may at anytime during a period in which a critical low-water condition exists:

(1) declare that a critical low-water cot1dition exists. A critical low-water condition shall continue to exist once it is declared by the general manager until such time as the general manager declares that the condition is terminated;

(2) implement mandatory restrictions within the scope of this chapter;

(3) punish offenders within the scope of this chapter;

(4) set allotments per billing period for each class of the utility’s consumers.

(e) The general manager shall, at regular intervals during which a declared caution or critical low-groundwater condition as provided in this chapter is in effect report to the director of public works or Governor of American Samoa the status of the head and chloride levels of the utility’s facilities, the weekly average of daily pumpage the effectiveness of the restrictions and allotments in force, and such other information which the director; of public works or Governor may desire from time to time to evaluate the status of the low-water condition and make modifications to the restrictions and allotments imposed.

(f) Schedule I. Low Water Conditions

Column A Column B

“Caution” Low-water Conditions “Critical’ Low-water Condiriuns

Observation Well

Facility Depth from Ground to Water Level (feet)

1 81.2 83.8 2 84.3 85.4 3 83.8 84.6 4 85.6 86.6 5 87.4 88.3 Lepuapua 148.1 150.7 Ili’ili 213.3 214.2

History: Rule 11-81, eff 1 Aug 81, Art. 3 § 6.