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Georgia imposes mandatory water restrictions

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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.
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