BIRMINGHAM- With the ongoing drought Birmingham Water Works has moved from a Stage 2 Drought Watch to Stage 3 Drought Warning.
If Residential customers use more than 9,000 gallons of the water for a month they will incur a 200% surcharge for overuse. That 200% equals double the normal rate. The surcharge will go into effect on November 19, 2016.
“It’s outrageous, I don’t see how anyone can continue to live like that having to pay those fees,” said Julius McCoy.
McCoy is a father of five and does not agree with the surcharge for going over 9,000 gallons.
“I have a family so trying to conserve is pretty hard when you have little one.”
Water Works says that the average residential customer uses around 7,500 gallons. Resident Annie Etheredge she doesn’t mind a surcharge for over usage.
“It’s hard to use over 9,000 gallons of water a month. I would think that’s a lot of water especially for a small family but I think it’s fair,” said Etheredge.
Rules under Stage 3 also say that people with irrigation systems are allowed to water their lawns only once a week for no more than an hour. Customers without an irrigation system can water two days a week.
Levels at Lake Purdy one of water works water supply is only at 30 to 40 percent of normal capacity.
“Our main purpose for being here today at Lake Purdy is to let you get a shot of the lake and see that water levels are seriously low we need customers to reduce their consumption,” said Birmingham Water Works Board General manger Mac Underwood.