Alabama Drought Tracker: January 10th, 2017

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — It’s been a while since we’ve updated the drought situation in Alabama, but over the last couple of weeks, we’ve seen some great improvement. The latest drought monitor (1/5/17) shows NO Exceptional drought in the state. That is the worst of the five drought categories. Extreme drought still exists for about a quarter of the state, including chunks of Central Alabama.

Lake Purdy, the primary water source for Birmingham is now a little more than 45% full. This is well above the safe yield level for this time of year. 

Despite the progress, most of the major water services still are in conservation mode, and the Birmingham Water Works Board remains in a Stage 4 Extreme Drought Emergency. This means surcharges will be applied to accounts with excessive water usage.

Related: Drought Information from the NWS – Birmingham 

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