North AL residents urged to conserve water

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Several communities in North Alabama are being asked to limit water usage because of extreme temperatures, lack of rain and consumer demand.

Madison County water customers are among those being asked to limit outdoor water usage. According to the county commission, even numbered address customers should use outside water on Monday and Wednesday and odd numbered customers on Tuesday and Thursday.

Madison County customers are asked to limit outside water usage on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Decatur Utilities  says water system demands are at an all time high. Because of the conditions, Decatur Utilities, in partnership with its resale customers, Hartselle Utilities, Northeast Morgan County Water & Sewer Authority and Limestone County Water & Sewer Authority, are urging all customers to conserve water by following these water conservation guidelines.

Lawn watering should only occur a maximum of 3 times per week between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m.  The following guidelines should be used:

  • Even numbered addresses may water on even days of the month.
  • Odd numbered addresses may water on odd days of the month.
  • Locations without a discernable address, such as rights-of-way and other common areas inside a subdivision, should be limited to three times per week.

In Decatur, report a water leak, water outage or loss of water pressure, by calling (256) 552-1400.

Huntsville Utilities is requesting that water customers that live in neighborhoods east of the Monte Sano/Green Mountain area to stop watering their yards for the next two days.

One of the pumps that supplies water to this area failed overnight resulting in a loss of about 40 percent of the capacity in this area of the city.

Customers are requested to stop lawn irrigation until the pump can be replaced so that there will be an adequate supply of water for home use and fire protection.

Utility crews are preparing to begin the pump replacement Friday night, but it will take at least 36 hours to replace and test the pump before normal water service can be restored.

Under normal operating conditions, the pump replacement could be done without any restrictions to water use but there is a very high demand for water during this current heat wave.

The extreme heat and dry weather of the last week has worsened the drought situation across North Alabama. Much of the area is now considered to be in moderate drought.

After a promising start to the year with rain, we have been steadily falling behind since March.

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