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UPDATE: City of Lafayette reminds residents of Water Stewardship Act

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LAFAYETTE, GA (WRCB) -

The lack of rain in the Tennessee Valley is bringing to light some water restrictions for North Georgia residents.

The city of LaFayette is asking its residents to conserve water, particularly between the hours of 4 p.m. and 10 a.m.

City officials are enforcing the Georgia Water Stewardship Act, which was enacted statewide in 2010.

Several residents told us they're trying to conserve water where they can.

"Even the grass is pretty much burning up. It's about one of the hottest summers I can remember," said LaFayette resident Don Ash.

Ash waters his plants twice a day. He said he's tried keeping his garden nice this year, but it's been tough in the summer drought.

"It's pretty much just a lost cause," he said. "It's so hot."

For those who keep their lawn sprinklers running, the City of LaFayette is reminding residents of the Water Stewardship Act.

It says, anyone using a public water system can only water their outdoor plants between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m.

"If people abide by it and do it, of course I think it'd help," said resident Cody Teems.

Officials said local water sources have been affected by lack of recent rainfall.

That's why they're asking residents to start voluntarily conserving water in any way possible, to avoid potential water emergencies down the road. 

"I haven't got anything, as far as a letter in the mail or anything," Teems told Channel 3.

He said he only uses water to shower and wash his car, but claims he'll do his best to cut down where he can.

"Nobody really rides around and keeps a check on it, or nothing like that," Teems said.

Several exemptions to the act include commercial agriculture, personal food gardens, and athletic fields.

Here's the entire release from Lafayette city officials:

"It has been a rather dry summer in the Tennessee Valley, which is causing for some communities to take precautions to conserve water. 

The City of Lafayette says there is not an emergency water plan in effect at this time, but the local water sources rely on local rainfall and have been affected by the lack of rain. Officials are monitoring rainfall and the water supply and are planning for any potential adverse effects on the water supply. 

The city is asking residents to conserve water in any way possible. The Water Stewardship Act went into effect in 2010, says it allows daily outdoor watering for purposes of planting, growing, managing, or maintaining ground cover, trees, shrubs, or other plants only between the hours of 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. 

The following outdoor water uses also are allowed daily at any time of the day 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;
  •  Hand watering 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
  • Hydro seeding."

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