Drought – Water Restrictions

Q: During your radio program, you discussed the current drought situation and said that there are no water restrictions at the present time. The 2010 Georgia Water Stewardship Act put permanent statewide water restrictions in effect. Has it been repealed?

A: There are permanent small water restrictions at this time. In 2015 the Georgia DNR issued clear rules. All year long, we are required to use water for landscapes only between 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. but there are generous exceptions. The Director of EPD monitors drought severity and reports regularly if conditions might trigger further water restrictions. This insures that, if a drought becomes extreme, everyone is affected in the same way without a hodgepodge of rules from different water suppliers. I have more details at www.georgiadrought.com.

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