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