Utilities across Alabama are struggling to function as residents statewide allow their indoor faucets to drip, prompting state leaders to urge folks to shut the water off as soon as local freezing ends.

The Alabama Department of Environmental Management issued a press release Thursday saying that the untold number of dripping faucets in the state are hampering some utility providers.

ADEM is requesting that residents and businesses discontinue dripping faucets once temperatures are above freezing.

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"Water utilities across the state are struggling to keep up with increased consumer demand, exacerbated by leaks from frozen pipes as they thaw," ADEM said in the release. "The public can help by checking for leaks inside and outside of their homes or businesses. If leaks are found, they should shut off the water supply until the leaks are repaired."

The issues have had an impact in West Alabama, where a Boil Water Notice was issued in Demoplis and poor water pressure is plaguing parts of Bibb County.

"Customers are urged to contact their local water supplier if they have a major leak and are unable to shut off their water supply," ADEM said. "This is particularly important for vacant buildings with water service that have not already been disconnected."

With more cold coming, ADEM said people should consider alternative methods to prevent freezing and burst pipes.

"Meteorologists are predicting another round of very cold temperatures for much of the state this weekend," they said. "ADEM recommends the use of insulated covers for outdoor faucets whenever possible as an alternative to dripping those faucets."

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