The City of Birmingham announced Wednesday that it will close two water works this week, following a two-day fire that shut down parts of the city’s downtown area.
Birmingham Mayor William Bell released the following statement in response to the announcement:”The Birmingham Water Works will close for the duration of the workdays scheduled for the upcoming week.
We are continuing to evaluate the damage to the facility and working to identify a temporary solution.
Birmingham Waterworks is a critical part of our city’s economic development.
It serves thousands of customers and is one of the best examples of how we build sustainable communities.”
Bell said the city has made decisions on the cost of the closures but will determine which water works to close and which will stay open.
Birchland Mayor Richard Babb announced Wednesday he is suspending work at the water works for two days starting Friday and concluding Sunday.
The Birmingham News reports that Babb told reporters Wednesday that the city will need more time to assess the damage and the extent of the damage.
Birchington residents have been complaining about the lack of clean water since a small fire in January damaged the citys water plant.
Birchamans fire damaged the water supply in Birmingham in December, which was then shut down.