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Updated 11/17/2016

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FAQs

 

1. I heard the drought level changed. Can I still water everyday?

2. Can I still wash my car or pressure wash my house any day too?

3. If I don’t have an automated sprinkler do I have to water with a hose before 10 AM or after 4 PM?

4. What if I have a little league game scheduled and we need to water the field to cool it down at 2 PM?

5. What if I put in new landscape? Can I water everyday?

6. What about drip irrigation?

7. What exemptions exist to the Level II restrictions?

8. What if a professional pressure washes my house? Does it have to be on the odd / even schedule?

9. Can I have a charity car wash during Level II Drought Response?

10. Can I run the fountains at my property during a Level 2 Drought Response?

11. Use the step test to evaluate if your lawn needs to be watered:

12. Visually Inspect plants to see if they require water before irrigating on your day.

 

1. I heard the drought level changed. Can I still water everyday?

alt No. On November 17, 2016, The Director of Georgia Environmental Protection Division issued a Level II Drought Declaration for 52 counties, including Cobb County. Outdoor irrigation is permitted twice a week on the odd/even schedule. Even and unnumbered addresses may water on Wednesday and Saturday between 4PM-10AM and Odd addresses may water on Thursday and Sunday between 4PM-10AM.

2. Can I still wash my car or pressure wash my house any day too?

alt No. During Drought Level 2 car washing, pressure washing, and washing of hard surfaces is banned. There are exemptions for professionals.

3. If I don’t have an automated sprinkler do I have to water with a hose before 10 AM or after 4 PM?

alt No. The new rules allow hand watering with a shut off nozzle any time of the day any day of the week.

4. What if I have a little league game scheduled and we need to water the field to cool it down at 2 PM?

alt Sports fields and parks are exempt from the hourly restrictions. These areas may be watered any time any day of the week.

5. What if I put in new landscape? Can I water everyday?

alt Yes. Newly installed landscape is also exempt from the odd/even and hourly restrictions for the first 30 days following installation. Please file the new Landscape exemption form found here.

6.What about drip irrigation?

alt Drip irrigation is completely exempt from the outdoor rules it may be used any day or any time.

7. What exemptions exist to the Level II restrictions?

alt Commercial Agriculture.
alt Alternative sources of water (grey water, rain water, condensate, etc.)
alt Irrigation of food gardens.
alt Irrigation of newly installed or reseeded turf for the first 30 days.
alt Drip irrigation or soaker hoses.
alt Hand watering with a shut off nozzle.
alt Water from a private well.
alt Irrigation of plants for sale.
alt Irrigation of athletic fields, golf courses or public recreational turf.
alt Installation and maintenance of irrigation systems.
alt Hydroseeding.

8. What if a professional pressure washes my house? Does it have to be on the odd / even schedule?

alt No. Commercial businesses are exempt from day of the week restrictions.

9. Now can I have a charity car wash on any day regardless of the address?

alt No. Commercial businesses are exempt from day of the week restrictions.

10. Can I run the fountains at my property during a Level 2 Drought Response?

No. Ornamental fountains, waterfalls, and reflecting pools are prohibited during drought level 2.

11. Use the step test to evaluate if your lawn needs to be watered:

alt Place your foot firmly on your turf area.
alt Watch how quickly the turf springs up to cover your footprint.
altIf the turf springs up immediately (a few seconds) your turf is probably not in need of watering.
altIf the foot print remains or the turf slowly rises to eventually cover it your turf is in need of a deep watering.

12. Visually Inspect plants to see if they require water before irrigating on your day.

alt Check plants in the early morning or late evening. Plants checked in the heat of the day will always appear to need water.
alt If the plant is wilting; yellow or grayish in appearance; has dried edges or browning; or loss of flowering the plant is probably in need of water.

 

 
For more information on proper plant and landscape maintenance please click here or call the Water Efficiency Office at 770-419-6244.

 

 

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