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Updated 3/8/18

Yes. On March 8, 2018, The Director of Georgia Environmental Protection Division lifted the Drought Level 1 declaration. Outdoor irrigation is permitted 7 days a week before 10AM and after 4PM.

Yes. There are no restrictions on car washing or pressure washing during non-drought or Level 1.

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.

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

  • Commercial Agriculture.
  • Alternative sources of water (grey water, rainwater, 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.
  • Hydroseeding.

Yes. There are no restrictions on car washes in non-drought or a Level I Drought Response.

Yes. There are no restrictions on fountains in non-drought or a Level I Drought Response.

  • 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.

 

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