The City of Fairhope announced it will go into Phase II of its water conservation ordinance on Monday, August 21. The city has been under Phase III of the ordinance since August 7 due to high water usage and lack of rain, according to city officials.

After being under the strict Phase III, the city council amended the water conservation ordinance, which will go into effect on August 23.

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“The new ordinance allows moving from Phase III once you receive 1.5 inches of rain in a 7-day period and usage is below 95% for 7 out of 10 days,” the city said in a statement. “As of today, the Fairhope water system has run at eighty to ninety percent capacity for 7 out of 10 days and most areas in Fairhope received 1 to 2 inches of rain on August 14.”

When Phase II goes into place, irrigation will not be allowed between 5 a.m. - 9 a.m. or 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Residents with odd-numbered street addresses will be allowed to water only on Monday and Wednesday, and residents with even-numbered street addresses will be allowed to water on Tuesday and Thursday.

These restrictions will be in place until further notice. The new ordinance states that Phase II will be in place until lifted by the governing body or until demand averages at or below 90% capacity for seven out of 10 days.

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