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Huntsville Utilities customers' water restrictions still voluntary

Published: Oct. 19, 2007 at 8:12 PM CDT|Updated: Nov. 20, 2007 at 3:35 PM CST
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By Robyn McGlohn
WAFF 48 News Reporter

As the drought continues into its third year for North Alabama many water authorities have turned to strict regulations on water usage, but for Huntsville Utilities customers, it's all been voluntary.

The WAFF 48 Investigator's are getting questions about some companies who seem to be big water consumers -- as you might see sprinklers running continuously in areas like Research Park.

They're using a lot of water, but there's a good reason.

Across Madison County -- you may notice water conservation efforts are different for each area.

In Harvest and Monrovia strict water restrictions are in place.

The water authority there pulls from underground wells only allowing so much water to be used.

But in the City of Huntsville, HU has only asked for voluntary efforts, and it all boils down to where they draw water.

"The balance of our water comes from the Tennessee River," says Bill Yell with Huntsville Utilities.

With almost an endless supply of water customers have really not had to worry about conservation, but emails from viewers have asked us about the excess use of water by big companies.

In particular Research Park and Bridge Street.

Along Research Park Boulevard you can see the new lake at Bridge Street slowly filling up.

Bill Yell explains it's not the city, but the company is paying for it just like you and me, "They have a contract with us, when they start filling the lake they can fill it with so much water per day, but they're under a commercial contract just like any other customer."

And even though HU has the Tennessee River as it main water source, it wants to stress the need for voluntary conservation until the drought is eased.