Drought Response


The Georgia Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division has elevated our Drought Response Level to a Level 2.

During a Level 2 Drought Response:

Outdoor landscape watering is only allowed two days a week determined by odd and even-numbered addresses. 

  • Even-numbered addresses and properties without numbered addresses may water on Wednesday and Saturday between 4:00 PM and 10:00 AM
  • Odd numbered addresses may water Thursday and Sunday between 4:00 PM and 10:00 AM 


Prohibited outdoor water uses include:

  • Washing hard surfaces such as streets and sidewalks.
  • Water for ornamental purposes, such as fountains. 
  • The use of fire hydrants, except for firefighting and public safety. 
  •  Non-commercial washing of vehicles. 
  • Non-commercial pressure washing. 
  • Fundraising car washes. 

These exempted uses are allowed daily and are not subject to the 4pm-10am or odd/even schedule, 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)


These outdoor water uses are allowed during Drought Response Level 2:

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.


Watering is allowed as needed twice a week between 4 pm and 10 am on an odd/even schedule:  even addresses and address with no numbers on Wednesday or Saturday and odd addresses on Thursday or Sunday using these methods of application: 

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

Ornamental fountains must be shut off. 


Additional information can be found at http://www.georgiawatersmart.com/

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