The Birmingham Water Works Board adopted a revised Drought Management Plan, which offers more flexibility to our customers and addresses drought concerns. We believe that this plan is indicative of our commitment to our customers and our community.

 

Stage 1 – Drought Advisory 

The Drought Advisory Stage will be implemented when dry weather conditions are predicted or likely. Public notices and press releases about the dry weather situation will be increased. The purpose of this phase will be to advise customers (including municipal governments) of the potential for dry weather conditions and request voluntary conservation measures.

The Drought Watch Stage will be implemented when dry weather conditions persist or worsen and the voluntary conservation measures requested in Stage 1 have not reduced water demand or usage to sufficient levels in order to sustain the reliability of Birmingham’s water resources. The Birmingham Water Works will recommend additional and more restrictive voluntary conservation measures.

Refer to Stage 2 conservation measures of BWWB's Drought Management Plan


Stage 3 – Drought Warning 

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.

Refer to Stage 3 conservation measures of BWWB's Drought Management Plan


Stage 4 – Extreme Drought Emergency 

The Extreme Drought Emergency Stage will be implemented when extreme  drought conditions have caused significant adverse impacts to 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, and public health and safety are at risk. The Birmingham Water Works Board will implement surcharges  for  excessive water use. Birmingham Water Works will request that municipalities within its service area implement and enforce their Drought Management Ordinance, Extreme Emergency Stage. Customers will be required to use stricter water conservation measures in order to mitigate the extreme effects of the drought.   The goal of this  Extreme  Drought Emergency will be to further reduce water use by 5 percent from the rate of use observed in Stage 3.

Refer to Stage 4 conservation measures of BWWB's Drought Management Plan


Stage 5 – Exceptional Drought Emergency 

The Exceptional Drought Emergency Stage will be implemented when extreme drought conditions  have  caused further significant  adverse impacts to 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, and public health and safety are at  risk.  The  Birmingham  Water  Works  Board  will  implement  surcharges  for excessive water use. The Birmingham Water Works will request  that municipalities within its service  area implement  and  enforce their Drought Management Ordinance, Exceptional  Emergency  Stage.  Customers  will  be  required  to  use  stricter  water conservation measures in order to mitigate the extreme effects of the drought. The goal of this Exceptional Drought Emergency will be to reduce water use by 10 percent from the rate  of  use  observed  in  Stage  3.  

Refer to Stage 5 conservation measures of BWWB's Drought Management Plan