Drought Forces New Water Restrictions in DeKalb County


ATLANTA, Ga. (November 17, 2016) – Drought conditions across most of Georgia have worsened, and EPD Director Rick Dunn announced today that elevated response is necessary. Fifty-two counties, including DeKalb, have moved from Level 1 to Level 2 Response, requiring outdoor water use restrictions. An additional 58 counties have been included in the State’s drought declaration, at the Level 1 response level.

Level 1 Drought Response generally requires public outreach and voluntary water use restrictions. Outdoor water use is allowed in the Level 1 (and counties not declared for drought response) between the hours of 4:00 pm to 10:00 am, daily.

Level 2 Drought Response adds restrictions to outdoor uses. 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 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. Odd-numbered addresses may water Thursday and Sunday between 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m.

Prohibited outdoor water uses under Level 2 Drought Response 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

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