Current Drought Status
There is currently no drought level response declared for the metro Atlanta region or the state of Georgia.
GA EPD Lifts Drought Response in December, 2019
As a result of rainfall at the end of 2019 and improving conditions, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) lifted the Level 1 Drought Response on December 27, 2019 that was in place for much of the 15-county metro Atlanta region. Read full release here.
For those metro area utilities that were granted a variance for Level 2 Drought Response – Coweta County Water and Sewerage Authority, Fayette County Water System, and the City of Senoia – those variances have now expired.
EPD encourages all Georgians to return to the non-drought outdoor water use schedule required under the Water Stewardship Act of 2010, which limits outdoor watering to before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m.
The Metro Water District encourages you to 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
Water Conservation is important all year round, not just in times of drought! Below are a few things you can do to save water indoors and outdoors throughout the year. Visit My Drop Counts to learn more about how to conserve water and become more water efficient. If you’re interested in significantly reducing your outdoor water use, or eliminating it altogether, join the Society of Intentionally Dry Lawns.
- 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 6 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.
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