Group wants statewide water use restrictions

Published: Oct. 17, 2016 at 10:00 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 17, 2016 at 10:39 PM CDT
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Mitch Reid of the Alabama Rivers Alliance. Source: WBRC video
Mitch Reid of the Alabama Rivers Alliance. Source: WBRC video

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The Birmingham Water Works Board is considering whether to implement mandatory water reductions and a surcharge, but one group says it only provides a "band aid" without a statewide conservation policy.

"There was less rain in 2007. We have less water in the rivers now because we're more reliant on these waters," Mitch Reid of the Alabama Rivers Alliance said in comparing the 2007 drought to the current drought.

"Each drought is becoming more and more painful," Reid said.

The alliance has urged the state to adopt a water management plan that would create conservation and efficiency standards before a drought crisis.

Reid said requiring monitoring among water utilities would allow the state to better gauge the challenges from a drought and water usage from municipality to municipality.

In turn, that would reduce stress on regions downstream from each water supply.

"We're only going to see this happen more often and be more damaging to the rivers and less fair to the people who rely on the waters for drinking, outdoor irrigation and all the other things we use our water for," Reid said.

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