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Water restrictions issued for north Georgia

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DADE COUNTY, GA (WRCB) -

North Georgia is in the midst of one of its worst droughts in recent history.

"It's brown. The lawn is brown. Dead," says Richard Wilbanks. He's lived in Dade County his entire life. His lawn has seen better days.

"I'm 66 years old. I never saw it this bad. The smoke. Nothing," adds Wilbanks.

Sand mountain farmer Ralph West relies on rain to keep his business afloat, but this year has been hard.

"I don't have the means to irrigate," explains West. "So my produce didn't do as well this year as it normally does."

Even though many lawns and crops can't be saved, Georgia governor Nathan Deal has issued mandatory restrictions for 52 counties. Dade has hardly seen a drop of rain since July.

Restrictions are as follows until further notice:

• No washing hard surfaces such as streets and sidewalks

• No use of hydrants, except for firefighting and public safety

• No non-commercial washing of vehicles

• No non-commercial pressure washing

• No water for ornamental use, such as fountains

• No fund raising car washes

What if you want to water what little grass you have left? Doug Anderton, General Manager of Dade County water authority explains.

"If your address has a zero or even number as the last digit, you can only water on Wednesday and Saturday," says Anderton. "If your address has an odd number as the last digit, then you can water on Thursday and Sunday."

He's not worried about the main water supply, Lookout Creek, running dry.

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