Nine metro Atlanta counties that rely on Lake Lanier and the Chattahoochee River as their primary water source, including DeKalb County, remain in a Level 1 drought response. A Level 1 Drought Response requires water utilities to educate customers about drought conditions and the need to conserve water. There are currently no odd-even restrictions on outdoor water use, but residents should take steps to conserve water and are reminded to abide by the state’s permanent year-round outdoor watering restrictions, which limits outdoor watering to before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. daily to avoid the hottest part of the day when more evaporation occurs. The water conservation and water-saving habits and actions that Georgia EPD and the Metro Water District encourage every day are important now as Lake Lanier continues to fully recover.
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).
Steps Metro Atlanta Residents Can Take to Conserve Water
It’s important to note that dry periods are part of the normal weather cycle. We don’t know how long this drought may last, so we all need to do our part to conserve.
Here are some ways metro Atlanta residents can save water:
Find more conservation tips at My Drop Counts.