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ATLANTA -- Beginning this summer, the Georgia Environmental
Protection Division (EPD) will require Georgians to follow outdoor
water use schedules during both non-drought periods and during
periods of declared drought. The Board of Natural Resources adopted
the new Rules for Outdoor Water.
"The goal is to get all Georgians to manage their outdoor water
use, even during times of non-drought," said EPD Director Carol A.
Couch. "Population growth, combined with inevitable periods of
drought, make water conservation more important than ever."
Information about the outdoor water use schedules has been sent to
all permitted water providers in Georgia, who will be required to
enforce the new rules. Some local governments will begin enforcement
immediately, while others will require new ordinances to implement
and enforce the rules. Enforcement should begin no later than August
Current conditions warrant the non-drought schedule for outdoor
water use statewide, but should conditions worsen, EPD will require
outdoor water use to be managed appropriate to the level of declared
drought. There are four levels of declared drought ranging from daily
time limitations to a total ban on outdoor water use.
The current non-drought schedule is as follows:
Local restrictions may be more stringent than the state
requirements, so citizens are encouraged to contact their local water
provider for more information.
The Rules for Outdoor Water Use (Chapter 391-3-30) are available
at the EPD Web site www.dnr.state.ga.us/dnr/environ under the "Rules
and Laws" section. Please visit www.conservewatergeorgia.net for more
information on proper outdoor watering procedures and water
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