Keep Your ‘Butts in Your Seats’ and Other Ways to Help Our Drought.

Today, Birmingham set a new record for the longest dry spell in recorded history marking the 53rd consecutive day with no measurable rain.  The former record was set in 1924 with 52 consecutive dry days.  Below is a picture of an active fire along I-65 north between Warrior and Blount Springs.

photo by @kristigrandade
photo by @kristigrandade

Water, or the lack thereof, is starting to hit our pocketbook.  A public hearing got underway at 5:30 p.m. today, Thursday, at the Birmingham Water Works Board. The Board is meeting to talk about a potential rate increase in addition to the surcharges for excess water usage.   One board member during a past meeting said the increase could be around four percent.

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Remember to conserve water as the Birmingham Water Works continues to designate a ‘stage four extreme drought emergency’.  Remember no open fires including no campfires, trash burning or prescribed burns.

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Courtesy of Giffy

And, keep your ‘butts in the seats‘ meaning your cigarette butts.  No tossing cigarette or cigar butts out the car window, please!

We’re all in this together.  Let’s do what we can.

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