Surcharges for excessive water use in Birmingham will be up 400 percent on December 4th according to Birmingham Water Works. The drought has reached stage four extreme drought emergency.
Alabama is currently experiencing one of the worst droughts in decades. 46 out of 67 counties have reached emergency level drought conditions. Because of that, Birmingham Water Works has declared stage four extreme drought emergency – one away from the highest level of drought emergency.
You can go here to learn more about the drought stages.
Stage four means that there will be significant cut backs on how much water is allowed to be used at each house, place of business, course or field. The Guidelines for stage four listed by Birmingham Water Works are:
- Municipalities requested to adopt and implement their Drought Ordinance
- Customers will be allowed to hand water using a hose with a nozzle one day per week
- No water between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on each allowable watering day, and no watering on Tuesday-Sunday
- New lawns are landscaping exempt from day of the week watering restrictions for the first 20 days after installation
- Athletic fields may be watered Wednesdays and Saturdays between 4 a.m. and 9 a.m. when determined that said fields are hazardous to the health and safety of children and athletes by being too hard by virtue of lack of water
- Golf courses to restrict watering to tees and greens only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between the hours of 1 a.m. and 5 a.m.
The drought is a serious concern for Birmingham and Alabama. Rainfall for the year is down about 19 percent just for Birmingham. Lake Purdy is visibly low on water. It is cracking and drying up and it is Birmingham’s biggest source of water.
“The extended dry weather, record high temperatures and no measurable rain in the next 10 day forecast places the storage supply of the Utility’s Lake Purdy reservoir in a precarious position of the remainder of the year.” – Birmingham Water Works Press Release
For more information about the drought and the cost of water usage in the future go to here.