Phase Two Water Restrictions

The drought is not only causing a problem for farmers, but also for the city of Dothan, where officials are implementing phase two water restrictions, to conserve water for residents.

The restrictions are part of the city's water conservation plan.

Under these restrictions, homeowners using water provided by the city of Dothan can only water three days a week. Officials want residents to know that if these rules are broken there will be penalties.

Dothan Utilities Manager Billy Mayes said, "The first time is a warning. The second time is a fine with the disconnection of service. And the third and fourth are also disconnection of service with a higher fine."

A second offense will cost $100 along with the disconnection of service.

A third offense will also lead to the disconnection of service, and $500.

The fourth offense will force officials to cut off water service until the current stage of the water conservation plan ends, along with $1,000 fine.

Residents with odd number addresses can only water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Those with even addresses can water on Sundays Wednesdays and Fridays. No one can water on Mondays.

Homeowners with hoses with a cutoff nozzle can use them to water a small area, or clean their house or car on any day.

Residents with newly sodded yards can water those yards for up to four weeks with written permission from the Dothan Utilities Department.

These water restrictions will last through October 1.