Birmingham Water Works Board upgrades to Stage 3 Drought Warning

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The Birmingham Water Works Board has upgraded their service area to a Stage 3 Drought Warning, effective immediately, according to a release from the organization.

According to the Board, Stage 3 Warnings are implemented when drought conditions are “severely affecting the reliability of water resources and the ability of the Birmingham Water Works to adequately supply and meet future demands or usage requirements of its customers.

In addition to altering the schedule of watering lawns, Stage 3 also allows the BWWB to implement surcharges for excessive water use, and changes rules for customers without irrigation systems.

The full description can be read below:

The Drought Warning Stage will be implemented when drought conditions are severely affecting  the reliability  of  water resources  and  the  ability  of  the Birmingham Water Works  to  adequately supply  and  meet  future  demands  or  usage  requirements  of  its customers. The Birmingham Water Works will implement surcharges for excessive water use. The Birmingham Water Works  has successfully  utilized  a water industry surcharge  practice  in  the  past  for  drought  situations  and  will  continue  using  this mechanism as a means for reducing excessive water use. The Birmingham Water Works will  request  that  municipalities  within  its service  area  implement  and  enforce  their Drought Management Ordinance. Customers will be required to use water conservation measures in order to mitigate the severe effects of the drought.

Follow the link for more information on BWWB’s Stage 3 Drought measures. (https://www.bwwb.org/sites/default/files/docs/doc-dmpsummary.pdf)

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