A Birmingham Water Works Board member filed a lawsuit against the large utility after his request for legal expense invoices from as far back as October 2015 was denied.
Employees of the Birmingham Water Works delivered a “no-confidence” vote in the large utility’s senior management this week, indicating concern about their treatment by higher-ups in the organization.
The Birmingham Water Works Board passed its fiscal year 2024 budget on Tuesday after adjusting proposed budgets to reduce next year’s rate hike from 5.8% to 4.8%.
Jefferson County residents may have higher utility bills in 2024 as the county increases sewer rates, and those within the jurisdiction of Birmingham Water Works face a potential rate hike for the third year in a row.
If Alabama lawmakers had passed HB177 this legislative session, the current members of the Birmingham Water Works Board could have been fired and replaced. The bill would’ve also altered the qualification and appointment structure of the board.
The Birmingham Water Works announced a new billing initiative on Tuesday, which it claims will address the utility’s billing issues that customers experienced last year.
The Birmingham City Council passed a resolution on Tuesday to express its disapproval of a bill in the Alabama House of Representatives that would overhaul the Birmingham Water Works Board and reorganize the appointment structure of its members.
The Jefferson County Commission approved a new billing agreement with the Birmingham Water Works Board (BWWB) on Tuesday after what reports say were months of negotiations.
Just as some state legislators push to overhaul the Birmingham Water Works Board (BWWB), the utility decided on Wednesday to adopt a new self-governance policy and director pledge.
After a year of crisis at the Birmingham Water Works, two state legislators representing part of the Birmingham area are trying to alter the qualifications for serving on the Birmingham Water Works Board (BWWB) and make the utility regional. That means the Alabama Gov. would gain the authority to appoint three of its members.
Birmingham Water Works is hiring another public relations firm, but a spokesperson said it wouldn't add to the approximately $200 million budget already approved for fiscal year 2023.
Birmingham Water Works may be looking to automate meter readings after a year of chaos in the utility due to meter reading issues, which the utility attributed in part to labor shortages.
The Birmingham Water Works will begin shutting off water for delinquents and resume collections for outstanding bills on Wednesday.
The Birmingham Water Works Board elected former Democratic candidate for the Alabama House of Representatives Tereshia Huffman as its new chairwoman on Wednesday, following a hectic 2022 for the utility.
The Birmingham Water Works filed a temporary restraining order and an injunction to stop a petition for a proposed ordinance for the city to take over the utility.
After a year of billing issues and public outrage, the Birmingham Water Works will resume cutting off water to delinquent customers in February, the utility announced on Wednesday.
The Birmingham Water Works is spending almost $73 million next year on infrastructure projects, including a $2 million improvement to the Lake Purdy Dam.
The state will be sending almost $50 million to low-income households this winter and next summer to help with increasingly unmanageable utility costs.
Media outlets reported on Tuesday that a nonprofit created by Birmingham Water Works to help customers pay their water bills ran out of money. Now, the organization is saying that the story is incorrect.
The Birmingham Water Works Board (BWWB) voted on Wednesday to raise rates for customers, despite a year of turmoil and public controversy surrounding the utility.
Birmingham Water Works is planning to repay certain customers who were overcharged for water, but some might get back less than expected.
The Birmingham Water Works Boards (BWWB) held a public hearing Wednesday night to let citizens voice their opinion about the possible rate hike.
Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall asked the Birmingham Water Works board on Thursday to turn over a handful of documents pertaining to its consideration of another rate increase for 2023.
A former Birmingham Water Works employee released an audio recording of herself warning general manager Michael Johnson of potential billing issues in December.
The Birmingham Water Works may be raising rates again for an average of 8.3% for 2023 to fund a $128 million budget, part of which will be used to pay for new public relations (PR) positions.
The Birmingham Water Works currently serves over 600,000 Alabamians in Birmingham and five surrounding counties. It’s the largest water system in Alabama and has largely been the center of controversy in the city over the summer.
Birmingham Water Works Board chairman Chris Rice might not be allowed to rescind his resignation, according to a letter from a city attorney on Thursday.