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Updated 9/7/17

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

alt Yes. On September 7, 2017, The Director of Georgia Environmental Protection Division issued a Level I Drought Declaration for 12 Counties, including Cobb County. Outdoor irrigation is permitted 7 days a week between 4PM-10AM.

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

alt Yes. During Drought Level I there are no restrictions on car washing or pressure washing.

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 about drip irrigation?

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

6. What exemptions exist to the Level I restrictions?

alt Commercial Agriculture.
alt Alternative sources of water (grey water, rainwater, 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.

7. Can I have a charity car wash during Level I Drought Response

alt Yes. There are no restrictions on fountains in a Level I Drought Response.

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

alt Yes. There are no restrictions on fountains in a Level I Drought Response.

9. 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.
alt If the turf springs up immediately (a few seconds) your turf is probably not in need of watering.
alt If the foot print remains or the turf slowly rises to eventually cover it your turf is in need of a deep watering.

10. 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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