Drought Level 2 in 52 GA counties – including Metro-Atlanta

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The long, hot summer and fall, with below normal rainfall, has prompted the State of Georgia to declare the following drought levels, effective 11/17/16.

  • Drought Response Level 1: 58 counties
  • Drought Response Level 2:  52 counties including Metro-Atlanta
  • Drought Response Level 3:  Haralson County and cities of Griffin, Buchanan, Tallapoosa and Waco

Drought Levels 1, 2 and 3 allow new landscape installation to be watered any day and any time (as needed). 

See below for affected counties, complete rules and all allowed uses.

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Drought Response Level 2 –  52 Georgia Counties  *

During installation and for the first 30 days after installation, newly planted/installed lawns and turf, ground cover, flowers, shrubs, trees and other plants can be watered any day, at any time without restriction.

Watering is allowed as needed twice a week between 4 pm and 10 am on an odd/even schedule:  even addresses and address with no numbers on Wednesday or Saturday and odd addresses on Thursday or Sunday using these methods of application:

  •  Automated irrigation systems
  •  Hand watering (without a shut-off nozzle)
  •  Lawn sprinklers

Ornamental fountains must be shut off. 

Daily water use is allowed any day, at any time, for these applications, without restriction: 

* Commercial pressure washing

* Drip irrigation or soaker hose

* Food gardens

* Hand watering (with a shut-off nozzle)

* Hydroseeding

* Installation and maintenance of an irrigation system

* Irrigation of public recreational turf areas

* Irrigation of plants for sale

* Irrigation of sports fields

* Water from private wells and bodies of water on property

* Water from an alternate source (grey water, rain water, air-conditioner condensate)

* Level 2 Counties: 

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.

 

Drought Response Level 3 – Haralson County and cities of  Bremen, Buchanan, Tallapoosa, Waco and Griffin.

Drought Level 3 severely restricts outdoor water use for established landscapes, but the 30-day new landscape provision is still allowed: 

 During installation and for the first 30 days after installation, newly planted/installed lawns and turf, ground cover, flowers, shrubs, trees and other plants can be watered any day, at any time without restriction.

Additional outdoor use allowed: 

  • Irrigation of personal food gardens shall be conducted between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m., unless done using drip irrigation or soaker hoses. Irrigation of personal food gardens using drip irrigation or soaker hoses may be done at any time;
  • Handwatering with a hose with automatic cutoff or handheld container may be conducted between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m.;
  • Irrigation of athletic fields or public turf grass recreational areas may be conducted between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m., subject to the two days a week odd-even schedule described in Drought Response Level
  • Irrigation of golf courses shall be conducted in accordance with the “Golf Irrigation Prediction and Estimation Worksheet” and only between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m., provided, however, irrigation of golf course greens may occur at any time of day;
  • Installation, maintenance, or calibration of irrigation systems is allowed, provided that it is done by professional landscapers or golf course superintendents.

 

Pre-Drought Response Level 1 – If your county is not listed, you should follow the non-drought schedule for outdoor water use as listed below (which is the same as Drought Response Level 1):   

Daily watering is allowed between 4 pm and 10 am to plant, grow, manage and maintain lawns and turf, ground cover, flowers, shrubs, trees and other plants, using these methods of application:

* Automated irrigation systems

* Hand watering (without a shut-off nozzle)

* Lawn sprinklers
During installation and for the first 30 days after installation, newly planted/installed lawns and turf, ground cover, flowers, shrubs, trees and other plants can be watered any day, at any time without restriction.

Daily water use is allowed any day, at any time, for these applications, without restriction: 

* Commercial pressure washing

* Drip irrigation or soaker hose

* Food gardens

* Hand watering (with a shut-off nozzle)

* Hydroseeding

* Installation and maintenance of an irrigation system

* Irrigation of public recreational turf areas

* Irrigation of plants for sale

* Irrigation of sports fields

* Water from private wells and bodies of water on property

* Water from an alternate source (grey water, rain water, air-conditioner condensate)

March 24: UGA Landscape Update
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