Water Conservation

In 2019, worsening drought conditions throughout Georgia have prompted a Level 1 Drought Response declaration from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD). 

This declaration serves as a reminder for all Georgians to use water wisely.

The Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District offers a Household Water Assessment that can help residents understand how much water they use and provides ways to reduce usage. The District also offers a Water Conservation Brochure that includes tips on how to save water around the house as well as on lawns and in gardens. 

While outdoor watering becomes less frequent in the cooler months, the Water Stewardship Act of 2010 limits outdoor water use year-round to the hours between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m.  There are several exceptions to this limitation listed here.

For example, the following activities may be done at any time of day under a Level 1 Drought Response: 
  • Irrigation of personal food gardens may be done at any time of day;
  • Irrigation of new and replanted plant, seed, or turf may be done at any time of day for 30 days after installation; 
  • Drip irrigation or irrigation using soaker hoses may be done at any time of day; and
  • Hand watering with a hose with automatic cutoff or handheld container may be done at any time of day.
For more information about drought indicators, current variances, and EPD actions regarding drought conditions, and water conservation, visit the EPD website