Drought Response Status
On October 18, 2019, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GA EPD) announced a Level 1 Drought Response for much of north Georgia, including 14 counties of the Metro Water District and the customers served by Newnan Utilities. GA EPD has granted a variance for a Level 2 Drought Response for Coweta County Water and Sewerage Authority, as well as others in the state. Click on your county in the map below for more information about the drought response level in your area.
Level 2 Drought Response
A Level 2 Drought Response variance was granted by Georgia Environmental Protection Division for the Coweta County Water and Sewerage Authority. For customers that receive their bill from Coweta County Water and Sewerage Authority, outdoor watering restrictions are in place. See below for a few of the restrictions. Click here for more information.
- 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
Level 1 Drought Response
GA EPD has announced a Level 1 Drought Response for much of the state of Georgia, including the other 14 counties of the District and all the cities within, plus the customers served by Newnan Utilities. 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. 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
- Only water plants when necessary. More plants die from over-watering than from under-watering.
- Check for and repair leaks inside and outside your home.
- Fix leaking toilets. This can save you hundreds of gallons a day.
- Turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth or shaving. This could save a total of 12 gallons a day.
- Shorten your shower by 2 minutes and save 5 gallons of water per shower.
- Fill dishwashers and washing machines. Remove laundry right away to prevent souring and to avoid having to double wash.
- Properly winterize your irrigation system so that your lines do not freeze and burst over the cold winter months.
- Replace older toilets and shower heads 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 and ENERGY STAR labeled products when shopping for new appliances and fixtures.
We encourage citizens in the Metro Water District to visit My Drop Counts to learn more about how to conserve water and become more water efficient. If you’re interested in reducing your outdoor water use, or eliminating it altogether, join the Society of Intentionally Dry Lawns.
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