Conservation

We are blessed with an abundant local water supply.  While there are no current worries about meeting local water needs, Georgia's Water  Stewardship Act requires that outdoor water use specific schedules to promote conservation.

Current State Outdoor Water Use Schedule

Uses Allowed Daily from 4 p.m. to 10 a.m.--
  • Any planting, growing, managing, or maintaining of ground cover, trees, shrubs, or other plants by anyone whose water is supplied by a public water system.
Uses Allowed Daily at Any Time by Anyone --
  • Commercial agricultural operations as defined in Code Section 1-3-3;
  • Capture and reuse of cooling system condensate or storm water in compliance with applicable local ordinances and state guidelines;
  • Reuse of gray water in compliance with Code Section 31-3-5.2 and applicable local board of health regulations adopted pursuant thereto;
  • Use of reclaimed waste water by a designated user from a system permitted by the Environmental Protection Division of the department to provide reclaimed waste water;
  • Irrigation of personal food gardens;
  • Irrigation of new and replanted plant, seed, or turf in landscapes, golf courses, or sports turf fields during installation and for a period of 30 days immediately following the date of installation;
  • Drip irrigation or irrigation using soaker hoses;
  • Handwatering with a hose with automatic cutoff or handheld container;
  • Use of water withdrawn from private water wells or surface water by an owner or operator of property if such well or surface water is on said property;
  • Irrigation of horticultural crops held for sale, resale, or installation;
  • Irrigation of athletic fields, golf courses, or public turf grass recreational areas;
  • Installation, maintenance, or calibration of irrigation systems; or
  • Hydroseeding.
Uses Allowed Only on Odd/Even Schedule --
  • Outdoor use for any purposes other than watering of plants, such as power washing or washing cars, is still restricted to the current odd/even watering schedule.
  • Odd-numbered addresses can water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
  • Even-numbered and unnumbered addresses are allowed to water on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

For More on Water Conservation

Check out the www.conservewatergeorgia.net web site for water-saving tips and www.gaepd.org/documents/outdoorwater.html for the most up-to-date State of Georgia watering restrictions information.