Level 2 Drought ResponseNine metro Atlanta counties that rely on Lake Lanier and the Chattahoochee River as their primary water source remain in a Level 2 drought response. Outdoor watering is restricted to twice a week (even addresses and sites with no numbered addresses on Wednesday or Saturday and odd addresses on Thursday or Sunday). Watering is only permitted before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. For detailed information about the drought response in your county, please click on the map.
Outdoor Water Restrictions for Lawns, Gardens and TreesUnder the Level 2 drought response, outdoor watering of lawns, gardens and trees is limited to a maximum of twice a week (even addresses and sites with no numbered address may water Wednesdays and Saturdays before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m., while those in odd-numbered addresses may water on Thursdays and Sundays before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m.). Water only as needed! Remember: In the fall and winter months, outdoor plants need less water. Water when plants show signs of distress (curling, wilting, graying foliage).
The following practices are not subject to the 4pm to 10am or twice a week restrictions:
- Irrigation of personal food gardens
- Irrigation of new and replanted seed, turf or plants for a period of 30 days following installation
- Watering with drip irrigation or soaker hose
- Hand watering, including hoses with shut-off nozzles
- Water from private wells and bodies of water on property
- Irrigation of sports fields, golf courses and public recreational turf areas
- Irrigation of plants for sale
What’s NOT Allowed
- Washing streets, gutters, sidewalks and driveways
- Ornamental uses, such as fountains and waterfalls
- Use of fire hydrants, except for the purpose of firefighting, public health, safety, or flushing
- Washing vehicles (cars, boats, etc.) at home
- Non-commercial washing or pressure washing
- Charity, or non-commercial fundraiser, car washes
What You Need to Know About Commercial Water UsesFor businesses with lawns, gardens and trees, all of the above restrictions apply. These include restrictions regarding the days and times when watering is allowed, as well as the six uses above that are not allowed. However, other commercial uses of water that are essential to daily business are expressly permitted. If you have questions about whether your commercial water use is subject to restriction, please ask your water utility or the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.
A few additional exceptions to the Level 2 outdoor watering restrictions can be found on GA Environmental Protection Division's site, which includes a copy of the state's drought management rule.
Steps Metro Atlanta Residents Can Take to Conserve WaterHere are some ways metro Atlanta residents can save water: