Georgia imposes mandatory water restrictions
Gov. Nathan Deal has announced increased water restrictions across metro Atlanta and much of north Georgia as the drought continues.
ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal has announced increased water restrictions across metro Atlanta and much of north Georgia as the drought continues.
News outlets report the state Environmental Protection Division on Thursday declared a Level 2 drought in 52 counties. The move limits outdoor watering to two days a week.
The order restricts outdoor watering to an odd-even schedule. Even-numbered addresses may water on Wednesday and Saturday between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m., while odd-numbered addresses may water on Thursday and Sunday between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m.
Washing streets and sidewalks, using water for ornamental purposes, non-commercial pressure washing and non-commercial car washing are also banned.
Another 58 counties remain under a Level 1 declaration, meaning conservation is encouraged but water use is not restricted.
The counties assigned a Level 2 Drought Response are: Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Butts, Carroll, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Athens-Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, Dade, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Fannin, Fayette, Floyd, Forsyth, Fulton, Gilmer, Gordon, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Haralson, Harris, Heard, Henry, Jackson, Lamar, Lumpkin, Meriwether, Monroe, Morgan, Murray, Newton, Oconee, Paulding, Pickens, Pike, Polk, Rockdale, Spalding, Troup, Union, Upson, Walker, Walton, White and Whitfield.
Prohibited outdoor water uses include:
- Washing hard surfaces such as streets and sidewalks.
- Water for ornamental purposes, such as fountains.
- The use of fire hydrants, except for firefighting and public safety.
- Non-commercial washing of vehicles.
- Non-commercial pressure washing.
- Fundraising car washes.