BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The Birmingham Water Works (BWW) Wednesday announced they are increasing the stage one drought advisory issued last week to a stage two.
The stage two drought watch continues voluntary reduction in usage like stage one, and introduces a two-day a week odd/even outdoor watering schedule. No watering should be done between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., and outdoor watering should not be done on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.
The dry spell is projected to continue over the next week to 10 days, and the BWW is asking customers to be more proactive in conservation efforts.
If your address ends in an even number, you should water lawns and landscaping on Mondays and Thursday. If your address ends in an odd number, water on Tuesdays and Fridays.
“As October is a month where rainfall is rare, we encourage customers to make use of all the water they have, but to be smart when using it,” said Darryl Jones, Assistant General Manager of Operations and Technical Services.
BWW held a meeting on the drought advisory Thursday. They said water usage is up by 15 million gallons per day.
On average, customers usually use around 105 million gallons a day; that number is up to 120 million. Officials believe a lot of it is because people are watering their grass.
The stage 2 advisory is not mandatory, but they are asking customers to follow the odd/even outdoor watering schedule.
Customers can visit https://www.bwwb.org/droughttips online or call 205-244-4400 for conservation tips and helpful information.