Level 1 Drought Response
Nine metro Atlanta counties that rely on Lake Lanier and the Chattahoochee River as their primary water source 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 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 WaterIt’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:
- Check 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 and shower heads with high efficiency models. If your home was built before 1993, you may qualify for a toilet rebate.
- Choose efficient appliances. Look for EPA WaterSense and 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.