Drought? What Drought? GA EPD Eases Water Restrictions…

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News from the govenor’s office! On Wednesday, June 10th, the Govenor announced that the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) has issued a non-drought schedule for outdoor water use for the first time since June 2006. This is BIG news! Now they warn that this is NOT a license to leave the hoses running 24/7, but there has been enough rainfall to improve our water supplies.

Now onto the schedule… What does “non-drought” schedule mean? We’re back to the “good old days” of watering 3 days a week using the odd and even-numbered address system:

  • Odd-numbered addresses can water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
  • Even-numbered and unnumbered addresses are allowed to water on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
  • Water use may occur at any time of the day on the assigned days, however landscape watering is discouraged between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m because of its limited effectiveness.

So dust off the cobwebs on those irrigation system boxes in your garage and get your days and times set – watering between 10pm and 6 am is the most effective time for your yard.

Overall, north Georgians averaged monthly water savings of about 15 percent since November 2007. These reductions come from citizens and Georgia businesses implementing a variety of conservation measures, including waterSmart landscape principles and selecting more efficient indoor fixtures and devices.

To get more information on waterSmart landscape principles and the Georgia WCIP, visit www.conservewatergeorgia.net.

For official watering schedule, visit the Georgia EPD website.

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