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H2O Foundation: Media reports of Birmingham nonprofit running out of money are false

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.

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Embattled Birmingham Water Works Board votes to raise rates by 3.9% for the second year in a row

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.

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Birmingham Water Works to repay some customers for overbilling, most less than $5

Birmingham Water Works is planning to repay certain customers who were overcharged for water, but some might get back less than expected.

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Birmingham Water Works holds public meeting, hears criticism from public about proposed rate hike

The Birmingham Water Works Boards (BWWB) held a public hearing Wednesday night to let citizens voice their opinion about the possible rate hike.

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AG Steve Marshall orders Birmingham Water Works to disclose documents about potential rate increase

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.

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Audio recording shows Birmingham Water Works warned of billing issues in December

A former Birmingham Water Works employee released an audio recording of herself warning general manager Michael Johnson of potential billing issues in December.

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Embattled Birmingham Water Works considers rate hike, spending more on public relations amid controversy

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. 

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The Water Board bureaucracy: How does the Birmingham Water Works Board work?

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.

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City attorney: Birmingham Water Works Board chair not allowed to rescind resignation

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.

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Birmingham Water Works Board chair tries to reverse resignation in letter to Mayor Woodfin

Birmingham Water Works Board (BWWB) chairman Chris Rice withdrew his resignation Wednesday, less than a week after filing it with the utility company, according to reports.

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Birmingham Water Works chair Chris Rice resigns amid ongoing billing controversy

Birmingham Water Works Board chair Chris Rice resigned Thursday morning.

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Report: Leaked emails accuse Birmingham Water Works of ignoring billing problems

Two Birmingham Water Works employees said they warned management of potential billing problems for months, according to WBRC.

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Embattled Birmingham Water Works appoints interim purchasing manager

The Birmingham Water Works may have appointed an interim purchasing manager after suddenly retiring the former manager last week.

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State Sen. Jabo Waggoner on Birmingham Water Works scandal: If we don't see some improvement, legislative action 'definitely a possibility'

For the better part of the last decade, State Sen. Jabo Waggoner (R-Vestavia Hills) has had multiple run-ins with the Birmingham Water Works.

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Watch — Birmingham Mayor Woodfin to Water Works Board: 'Get out of the way'

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin went live on Facebook Monday morning to tell the Birmingham Water Works Board (BWWB) to step out of the way and let the general manager fix billing issues. 

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Birmingham Mayor Woodfin: Water Works 'mismanagement' is 'absolutely unacceptable'

Thursday, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin took to Twitter to condemn the latest news out of the beleaguered Birmingham Water Works.

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Birmingham Water Works retires three purchasing department employees; Accusations of improper purchasing activity, kickbacks

The Birmingham Water Works Board accepted the retirements of most of its purchasing department on Wednesday amidst accusations of poor practices and kickbacks.