GA EPD – Level 1 Drought

Effective September 9, 2016,
Drought Response Level 1
is in effect in 53 Georgia counties*

Drought Response Level 1
requires that water utilities provide 
a public information campaign to help citizens better understand drought, its impact on water supplies and the need for water conservation. 
These outdoor water uses are allowed during Drought Response Level 1:

Daily watering is allowed between 4 pm and 10 am to plant, grow, manage and maintain lawns and turf, ground cover, flowers, shrubs, trees and other plants, using these methods of application:  

  •  Automated irrigation systems
  •  Hand watering (without a shut-off nozzle)
  •  Lawn sprinklers​​ 

During installation and for the first 30 days after installation, newly planted/installed lawns and turf, ground cover, flowers, shrubs, trees and other plants can be watered any day, at any time without restriction.

Daily water use is allowed any day, at any time, for these applications, without restriction: 

  • Commercial pressure washing  
  • Drip irrigation or soaker hose
  • Food gardens
  • Hand watering (with a shut-off nozzle)
  • Hydroseeding
  • Installation and maintenance of an irrigation system
  • Irrigation of public recreational turf areas
  • Irrigation of plants for sale
  • Irrigation of sports fields
  • Water from private wells and bodies of water on property
  •  Water from an alternate source (grey water, rain water, air-conditioner condensate)

For ways to conserve Water at home please click here.


*Drought Response Level 1
is in effect in these Georgia counties:

Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Butts, Carroll, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, Dade, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Fannin, Fayette, Floyd, Forsyth, Fulton, Gilmer, Gordon, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Haralson, Harris, Heard, Henry, Houston, Jackson, Lamar, Lumpkin, Meriwether, Morgan, Murray, Newton, Oconee, Paulding, Pickens, Pike, Polk, Rockdale, Spalding, Troup, Twiggs, Union, Walker, Walton, White, Whitfield and Wilkinson.