The City of Fairhope enacted phase III of its water conservation ordinance Monday due to a lack of rain and heat, city officials said.

Extreme heat and little rain across the south are drying out portions of the Southwest, Texas and Louisiana, but Baldwin County is not currently experiencing drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. A portion of northwest Alabama is experiencing a moderate drought, and parts of east Alabama are abnormally dry. Also abnormally dry are some parts of Escambia, Dallas, Conecuh and Monroe counties.

Phase III is the highest level of Fairhope's water conservation ordinance, and it is mandatory to follow.

The following guidelines will be enforced:

  • Irrigation is strictly prohibited.

  • Washing of private vehicles is prohibited on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

  • Swimming pools can be filled by users with odd-numbered addresses on Monday and Wednesday; even-numbered addresses can fill pools on Tuesday and Thursday.

  • Washing of sidewalks, streets, driveways, parking areas, tennis courts, patios or paved areas is prohibited except by the Street Department or

  • Fire Department to alleviate health or fire hazards.

  • Taking water from a fire hydrant is prohibited without written permission from the City of Fairhope.

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Anyone violating the ordinance may be issued a citation with fines up to $500.

Baldwin County is among several South Alabama counties under a heat advisory by the National Weather Service. Heat index values of 111 degrees are expected Tuesday.

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