City of Helen 100 years

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) has issued a Level 2 Drought Response for 52 counties including White County. In addition to asking all commercial and residential water users to continue to be good stewards of our water resources, Level 2 Drought Response requires the implementation of specific water demand management measures. This includes:

  • Regularly checking for and repairing of leaks inside and outside the home and/or place of business.
  • While brushing teeth, shaving, washing face, etc. turn the tap off rather than leaving the water running.

Outside watering should follow the guidelines:

  • Outdoor irrigation for purposes of planting, growing, managing, or maintaining ground cover, trees, shrubs, or other plants shall be limited to two days a week on an odd-even schedule. Even numbered addresses may irrigate on Wednesday and Saturday between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. Odd numbered addresses may irrigate on Thursday and Sunday between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. "Even numbered address" means an address number ending with the number 0, 2, 4, 6, 8, or the site that does not have a numbered address. "Odd numbered address" means an address ending with the number 1, 3, 5, 7, or 9.
  • Irrigation of personal food gardens may be done daily at any time of the day.
  • Irrigation of new and replanted plants, seeds, or turf may be done at any time of the day for 30 days immediately following the date of installation.
  • Drip Irrigatin or irrigation using soaker hoses may be used daily at any time of the day.
  • Hand watering with a hose with automatic cutoff or handheld container may be used daily at any time of the day.

The following outdoor water uses shall not be allowed, except as provided below:

  1. Washing hard surfaces such as streets, gutters, sidewalks and driveways, except when necessary for public health and safety.
  2. Using water for ornamental purposes, such as fountains, reflecting pools, and waterfalls.
  3. Use of fire hydrants, except for the purposes of firefighting, public health, safety, or flushing.
  4. Non-commercial washing of vehicles, such as cars, boats, trailers, motorbikes, airplanes, or golf carts.
  5. Non-commercial washing, or pressure washing, of buildings or structures, except for immediate fire protection.
  6. Charity, or non-commercial fund-raiser, car washes.

If you wish to know more ways to conserve water usage, go to http://epd.georgia.gov/water-conservation. The complete Rules for Drought Management are available at http://rules.sos.ga.gov/gac/391-3-30.