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Drought may force Cullman to tighten water conservation

CULLMAN — The drought could force Cullman city officials to tighten water conservation if substantial rain doesn’t come in two or three weeks.

Such measures would also affect some parts of Morgan County.

The Cullman County Water System purchases its water from Cullman city. Because Cullman County serves about 25 percent of the residents in eastern Morgan County — Oden Ridge, Eva and other areas — the cuts would impact them.

“They’ll fall under the same restrictions just like we do,” said Cullman County Commissioner Doug Williams.

Cullman Mayor Donald E. Green said Lake Catoma, which supplies water to residents of the city and most in Cullman County, dipped to 181/2 feet below full pool. Its level is believed to be the lowest ever.

“The water situation is not yet critical, but our concern grows with each passing week without significant rainfall,” Green said.

If there’s not enough rain, city officials said, they will have to go to Phase 3 of the city’s conservation plan.

Phase 3 would include a mandatory 10 percent reduction in residential and commercial water use. Failure to comply would result in a surcharge on customers’ bills.

Phase 2 prohibited uses, currently in place, include:

  • No hose washing of sidewalks, walkways, driveways or parking areas.

  • Water cannot be used in swimming pools or decorative fountains unless the water is being recycled.

  • Restaurants and hotels may serve drinking water only when customers request it.

  • Leaks must be repaired promptly.

  • Odd-numbered addresses may water lawns and gardens and wash cars on Tuesdays and Fridays, even-numbered ones on Mondays and Thursdays.

    If Phase 3 restrictions are imposed, penalties could be as much as a $100 fine and disconnection of water service.

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