Outdoor Water Use
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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.
No. During Drought Level 2 car washing, pressure washing, and washing of hard surfaces is banned. There are exemptions for professionals.
No. The new rules allow hand watering with a shut off nozzle any time of the day any day of the week.
Sports fields and parks are exempt from the hourly restrictions. These areas may be watered any time any day of the week.
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.
Drip irrigation is completely exempt from the outdoor rules it may be used any day or any time.
Alternative sources of water (grey water, rain water, condensate, etc.)
Irrigation of food gardens.
Irrigation of newly installed or reseeded turf for the first 30 days.
Drip irrigation or soaker hoses.
Hand watering with a shut off nozzle.
Water from a private well.
Irrigation of plants for sale.
Irrigation of athletic fields, golf courses or public recreational turf.
Installation and maintenance of irrigation systems.
No. Commercial businesses are exempt from day of the week restrictions.
No. Ornamental fountains, waterfalls, and reflecting pools are prohibited during drought level 2.
Place your foot firmly on your turf area.
Watch how quickly the turf springs up to cover your footprint.
If the turf springs up immediately (a few seconds) your turf is probably not in need of watering.
If the foot print remains or the turf slowly rises to eventually cover it your turf is in need of a deep watering.
Check plants in the early morning or late evening. Plants checked in the heat of the day will always appear to need water.
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.