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DeKalb County Drought Restrictions

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Drought Status

Worsening drought conditions throughout most of the state have prompted a Level 1 Drought Response declaration from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD).  This means public water utilities in 103 counties will be required to begin a public information campaign to help citizens better understand drought, its impact on water supplies and the need for water conservation.

“This serves as a reminder for all Georgians to use water wisely,” said EPD Director Richard Dunn.  “It also gives public water systems an opportunity to educate their customers on the importance of water conservation.”

“The current flash drought we are in is primarily agricultural, but it can also affect water supply,” said state climatologist Bill Murphey.  “It came on quickly due to the intense daytime heating, lack of rainfall and sudden decrease in soil moisture we experienced in September.”  

The public information campaign under a Level 1 Drought Response requires water utilities to circulate drought and water conservation information in one or more of the following: newspaper advertisements, water bill inserts, website homepages, social media and notices posted in public libraries. 

There are currently no odd-even restrictions on outdoor water use, but residents should continue to follow permanent water conservation guidelines from Georgia EPD and the Metro Water District, limited outdoor watering to before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. daily to avoid heat and evaporationLearn more about Lake Lanier and river basin management from Georgia's Environmental Protection Division. 

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No outdoor watering is allowed between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.                                                             


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Do's and Don'ts to Conserve Water

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Prohibited Water Use

Allowed Water Use

  • Washing hard surfaces such as streets, gutters, sidewalks and driveways except for cases of public health and safety
  • Using water for ornamental purposes, such as fountains, reflecting pools and waterfalls
  • Use of fire hydrants, except for the purposes of firefighting, public health, safety or flushing
  • Non-commercial washing, or pressure washing, of buildings or structures, except for immediate fire protection
  • Charity or non-commercial fundraiser car washes
  • Commercial agricultural operations as defined in Code Section 1-3-3
  • Capture and reuse of cooling system condensate or storm water in compliance with applicable local ordinances and state guidelines
  • Reuse of gray water in compliance with Code Section 31-3-5.2 and applicable local board of health regulations adopted pursuant thereto
  • Use of reclaimed wastewater by a designated user from a system permitted by the Environmental Protection Division of the department to provide reclaimed waste water
  • Irrigation of personal food gardens
  • Irrigation of new and replanted plant, seed or turf in landscapes, golf courses, or sports turf fields during installation and for a period of 30 days immediately following the date of installation
  • Drip irrigation or irrigation using soaker hoses
  • Hand watering with a hose with automatic cutoff or handheld container
  • Use of water withdrawn from private water wells or surface water by an owner or operator of property if such well or surface water is on said property
  • Irrigation of horticultural crops held for sale, resale or installation
  • Irrigation of athletic fields, golf courses or public turf grass recreational areas
  • Installation, maintenance or calibration of irrigation systems
  • Hydroseeding



For more information on the latest drought status, visit www.northgeorgiawater.org/current-water-stats/drought-status/.

For conservation tips, brochures and videos, visit www.mydropcounts.org.