Water Restrictions 9

When Can I Water?

Jun 11, 2009

Effective, June 10, 2009, the entire state of Georgia is officially out of the drought and to use “Non-Drought” Outdoor Water Rules.

Essentially, all outdoor water use is allowed on an odd/even daily basis with no time restrictions (although it is recommended by EPD and UGA Best Management Practices that most landscape use be done before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. for water efficiency). Pressure washing and car washing may be done on the odd/even schedule, ornamental ponds and fountains may be operated (filled on odd/even schedule).
Complete rules and information may be found by clicking on the link below for the EPD Outdoor Water Use complete rules:
391-3-30-.03 Outdoor Water Use Schedule During Non-Drought Periods
Outdoor water use other than exempted activities shall occur only as follows:

  • Odd-numbered addresses: outdoor water use is allowed on Tuesdays,
    Thursdays and Sundays.
  • Even-numbered and un-numbered addresses: outdoor water use is allowed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Water use may occur at any time of the day on the assigned days.
The following commercial exemptions apply at this non-drought level:
The following commercial outdoor water uses are exempt from the outdoor water use schedules of this rule – – the odd/even schedule does not apply to the uses listed below (water may be used for the following uses at any time of day on any day of the week)

  • Professionally certified or licensed landscapers, golf course contractors, and sports turf landscapers: during installation and 30 days following installation only. Professional landscapers must be certified or licensed for commercial exemptions to apply.
  • Irrigation contractors: during installation and as needed for proper maintenance and adjustments only.
  • Sod producers.
  • Ornamental growers.
  • Fruit and vegetable growers.
  • Retail garden centers.
  • Hydro-seeding.
  • Power-washing.
  • Construction sites.
  • Producers of food and fiber.
  • Car washes.
  • Other activities essential to daily business.
  • Watering-in of pesticides and herbicides on turf.

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