Alabama city warns it could run out of water after treatment plant shutdown

Published 9:19 am Friday, August 25, 2023

Officials have warned that an Alabama city could run out of water.

The City of Hamilton Water Department asked residents to save water after it was forced to shut down the treatment plant.

“Please refrain from watering lawns, washing vehicles or anything where excess water is used until further notice,” the city posted on social media.”The Water Department had to shut down the Water Treatment plant due to severely muddy water upstream from the treatment plant this afternoon. That water was untreatable due to the mud.”

Due to the plant being down, no new water has been pumped to the tanks, officials said.

The post said the water in the system now is safe but has the potential to run low or out without conservation.

Schools in Hamilton and Marion County have been closed Friday as a result of the treatment plant shutdown.

We appreciate your patience as we work out these issues and we’ll notify everyone as soon as the issues are resolved ASAP.

Officials say they have narrowed down the issue to somewhere below Northfork bridge on Clifty Creek and where it enters the Buttahatchee River.