As of September 7, 2017, Georgia's Environmental Protection Division (EPD) eased outdoor watering restrictions for 9 counties within the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District and lifted the drought response or the other 6 counties in the District.
Nine metro Atlanta counties moved from a Level 2 to a Level 1 drought response: Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall and Paulding. These are the nine counties in the District that rely on Lake Lanier and the Chattahoochee River as their primary water source. These two sources serve around 4 million people across metropolitan Atlanta.
The state lifted a Level 1 drought response for Bartow, Cherokee, Clayton, Fayette, Henry and Rockdale counties. There is currently no active droght response level in these counties.
The move follows a relatively wet spring and summer. These summer rains and conservation efforts have helped increase Lake Lanier levels by about 5 feet since the start of 2017. Georgia EPD and the Metro Water District encourage continued water conservation and water-saving habits and actions as the lake continues to refill.
Georgians must still follow the non-drought outdoor water use schedule required in the Water Stewardship Act of 2010. This law allows all types of outdoor water use, but landscape watering only before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. daily to limit evaporation during the warmest part of the day.For detailed information about the drought response in your county, please click on the map.
Level 1 Drought ResponseNine metro Atlanta counties that rely on Lake Lanier and the Chattahoochee River as their primary water source remain in a Level 1 drought response, which requires water utilities to educate customers about drought conditions and the need to conserve water. There are currently no odd-even watering restrictions for outdoor water use, but as always, watering is only permitted before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. each day, to avoid the hottest part of the day when more evaporation occurs. Learn more.
No Active Drought Response LevelFor the remaining 6 Metro Water District counties, there is no active drought response level. Residents should take steps to conserve water and are reminded to adhere to the state's permanent year-round outdoor watering restrictions that limit outdoor watering to the hours of before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. each day, to avoid the hottest part of the day when more evaporation occurs. Learn more.
Water Conservation Tips
- Check for and repair leaks inside and outside the home
- Shorten showers and turn off water when shaving or brushing teeth
- Fill dishwashers and washing machines. Make sure there is a full load every time
- Replace older toilets with high-efficiency models. If your home was built before 1994, you may qualify for a toilet rebate
- Choose efficient appliances. Look for EPA WaterSense an ENERGY STAR labeled products when shopping for new appliances and fixtures
- Scrape dishes before washing them. Avoid using the garbage disposal. It wastes a lot of water and can contribute to pipe clogs.