For Cherokee County, there is currently no active drought response level. Georgia EPD and the Metro Water District encourage water conservation and water-saving habits and actions every day. In order to be responsible stewards of our water supply, residents are encouraged to take steps to conserve water in their homes and places of business, 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.
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 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 water and can contribute to pipe clogs.
Find more conservation tips at My Drop Counts.