AUBURN, Ala. – The Auburn Water Works Board met on Wednesday in a special called meeting to discuss continuing drought conditions and the current water demand in Auburn.
With below normal rainfall predicted over the next several weeks, the Water Board passed a Phase II Drought Warning, triggering a move from voluntary to mandatory water restrictions.
Mandatory water use restrictions during the Phase II Drought Warning are as follows:
- Properties with street addresses ending in odd numbers shall only be irrigated on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays
- Properties with street addresses ending in even numbers shall only be irrigated on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
- No irrigation should take place on Sundays
- Irrigation is limited to the hours between 8:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.
- Houses and paved surfaces shall not be washed unless for public health or safety reasons
- Do not waste water by allowing it to run into streets or storm drains
- Identify and repair any water leaks in a timely manner
- Residential car washing shall be eliminated
- Commercial car washes shall evaluate equipment to recycle and conserve water
In addition to these mandatory restrictions, additional fees will be charged for water usage above 12,000 gallons during this Phase II Drought Warning. For a typical customer, the excess water usage fee will increase from $3.68 to $4.60 for every 1,000 gallons used above the 12,000 gallon threshold.
Assistant Director of the Water Resource Management Department, Matt Dunn said, ‘We are not in a dire situation. We do have water available for our customers, and we are OK in the situation we are in. Particularly if we get the winter rains that we typically get that fill our reservoir back up going into the spring and summer months of next year. It is important that our customers heed the drought warning, and comply with what we’re asking them to do.”