Auburn now under mandatory water restrictions

Auburn now under mandatory water restrictions

AUBURN, AL (WSFA) - Auburn residents are now under a mandatory water restriction due to the state's severe drought situation.

The Auburn Water Works Board has passed a Phase II Drought Warning, which means there are now mandatory restrictions for residents, as well as surcharge fees for water usage over who use more than 12,000 gallons per cycle.

The mandatory restrictions are now in effect.

Here's a list of the Mandatory Water Restrictions

» Properties with street addresses ending in odd numbers can only irrigate on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

» Properties with street addresses ending in even numbers can only irrigate on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays

» No irrigation is allowed on Sundays

» Irrigation is limited to before 8 a.m. or after 8 p.m.

» Houses and paves surfaces should 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 is prohibited

» Commercial car washes should evaluate equipment to recycle and conserve water

The restrictions will allow the city to retain more water in Lake Ogletree, the city's main water source.

"It is critical that our customers heed our warnings and comply. We do have adequate water available right now, but we are being cautious," said Matt Dunn the Water Resource Management City of Auburn's Assistant Director.

Smiths Station is dealing with a similar situation. Based on the Emergency Drought Declaration and Smiths Water & Sewer Authority's Drought Contingency Plan, Smiths Water & Sewer Authority (SWSA) is enacting a Drought Level 2 response, effective Nov. 7, and continuing until further notice.

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