On Wednesday July 29th, 2015the City Manager of Bessemer City issued a Declaration of Water Shortage for the City of Bessemer City. Because of the lack of significant rain, City Manager, James Inman, has initiated Stage 1 Water Shortage Guidelines after a consultation with Council.

According to section 52.32 of the Bessemer City Code of Ordinances, Stage 1 Guidelines asks the citizens of Bessemer City to take conservation measures and limit water usage by adhering to the following conditions:
1. Limit car washing to the minimum.
2. Limit lawn and garden watering to that which is necessary for plants to survive
3. Cease washing down outside areas such as sidewalks, patios, parking lots, service bays or aprons, and the like.
4. Limit water shrubbery to the minimum required, reusing household water when possible.
5. Limit use of clothes washers and dish washers and when used, operate fully loaded.
6. Cease leaving faucets running while shaving or rinsing dishes.
7. Use showers rather than bathtubs for bathing, and limit showers to no more than four minutes.
8. Limit flushing of toilets by multiple usage.
9. Use disposable and biodegradable dishes as much as possible.
10. Use flow restrictive and water saving devices
11. Limit hours of operation of water cooled air conditioners.
12. Temporarily delay new landscape work by all residents, businesses, and institutions until the water shortage has ended.
In a quote, the City Manager asks “that citizens take efforts to conserve water and be conscientious stewards of our resources.” The City is asking that all customers conserve the use of water to prevent a mandatory Stage 2 and Stage 3 water restriction. Inman stated “working together we can preserve our water resources.
The City Manager, James Inman, can be reached at the 704-629-5542.

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