Water Restrictions 10

When Can I Water?

Q&A about Water Regulations
Sep 09, 2009

Frequently Asked Questions about the Drought and the Statewide Outdoor Water Use Schedule

If the drought is over, why do I have to follow an outdoor water use schedule?

  • Georgians proved that water conservation during the drought saved a significant amount of water. Water conservation is important during times of drought as well as non-drought, and results in environmental and economic benefits. The schedules offer a reasonable opportunity to use water wisely by reducing the overuse of water in the landscape. To learn more about water onservation around the landscape and in the home and business, go to www.conservewatergeorgia.net.

The current statewide non-drought outdoor water use schedule is:

  • Odd-numbered addresses are allowed to use water outdoors on Tuesdays,Thursdays and Sundays
  • Even numbered and un-numbered addresses are allowed to use water outdoors on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays

The outdoor water use schedule applies to:

  • Customers (households and businesses)
    who receive water from an entity (public and private) with a water withdrawal permit or a permit to operate a drinking water system.

When should I water?

  • Although you may water at any time of the day on the assigned days, landscape watering is discouraged between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. because of its limited effectiveness. The best time to water your lawn and landscape is early in the morning, before the sun comes up.

The following outdoor water usages are allowed on any day and are not subject to the odd/even schedule.

  • Capture and reuse of cooling system condensate or storm water in compliance with applicable local ordinances.
  • Reuse of gray water in compliance with applicable local ordinances.
  • Use of reclaimed waste water by a designated user from a system permitted by EPD to provide reclaimed waste water (Golf Courses).
  • Irrigation of personal food gardens.
  • Outdoor water fountains.
  • Water may be used to wash hard surfaces, such as streets, gutters, sidewalks, driveways, school buses, fire trucks, emergency vehicles and police cars ONLY when necessary for public health and safety.

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