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Outdoor Watering Restrictions

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Current Outdoor Watering Rules

On November 17, 2016, The Director of Georgia Environmental Protection Division issued a Level 2 Drought Response for 52 counties, including Cobb County. In March 2017, the Director continued the Level 2 Drought Response for 12 counties in the Chattahoochee River basin, 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 before 10AM and after 4PM. Odd addresses may water on Thursday and Sunday before 10AM and after 4PM. For a quick guide on Drought Response Level 2 click here. pdf icon15x20

You may receive a 30-day exemption for newly installed landscape or overseeding please complete the landscape exemption form found here. pdf icon15x20

Professional Exemptions to Level 2

• Pressure washing
• Permanent car wash facility, provided that it is connected to a sanitary sewer system of a political subdivision or local government authority or recycles used wash water
• Construction sites
• Watering-in of pesticides and herbicides on turf
• Other activities essential to daily business

For a comprehensive list of exemptions to Drought Response Level 2 Click here. pdf icon15x20

For more information or further clarification please review the frequently asked questions.

We encourage customers to conserve our water resources. Information on indoor and outdoor water conservation can be found on the Water Efficiency Program pages. Cobb County Water System has free conservation kits and comprehensive education resources on how to use water efficiently indoors and outdoors.

Water Waste Reporting

We hope all citizens follow the watering schedule currently in place allowing irrigation daily between 4PM-10AM. Cobb County Water System also wants to encourage citizens to utilize that water efficiently and alert us to water waste.

Examples of Water Waste

We hope all citizens follow the watering schedule currently in place during the Level 2 Drought Response. Cobb County Water System also wants to encourage citizens to utilize that water efficiently and alert us to water waste.

    Examples of Water Waste
    • Visible leak running without repair
    • Allowing a hose to run unattended without a shutoff nozzle
    • Misdirected sprinklers watering pavement and impermeable objects
    • Broken or missing sprinkler heads causing excessive runoff

If citizens want to find out more about outdoor watering rules and best practices or alert our water efficiency team to water waste please contact waterefficiency@cobbcounty.org or call 770-419-6278.

Water waste and violations of current watering restrictions are subject to the following penalties.


First violation – written warning
Second Violation - $100.00 fine
Third Violation - $250.00 fine
Fourth and subsequent violations - $500.00 and possible service disconnection

Thank you for your community support and cooperation as we promote continued wise and conservative water use.

City Information

All cities in Cobb are also under the Level 2 Drought Response. Cobb County Water System does not enforce in the service areas of: Austell, Marietta, Powder Springs, or Smyrna. Information on enforcement or to report a violation in the cities’ service areas can be found.

Austell

Website Information: /www.austellga.gov/waterrestrictions
Phone: 770-944-4325 Option 4
Email: duane@austellga.gov

Marietta

Website information: www.mariettaga.gov/504/Water-Restrictions

Powder Springs

Phone: 770-943-8010

Smyrna

Phone: 678-631-5338
Email: water@smyrnaga.gov