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DeKalb County Drought Restrictions

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Drought Status

On March 8, 2018, the Drought Response in Georgia has been dropped. Georgia's Environmental Protection Division has eased outdoor water use restrictions in 55 counties including metropolitan Atlanta. "Substantial rainfall over the past few months has led to significant improvement in streamflows and reservoir levels," said EPD Director Richard Dunn. 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. 




Non-Drought Water Usage

Residents should take steps to conserve water and are reminded to adhere to the state's permanent year-round outdoor watering restrictions that limit outdoor watering to the hours of before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. each day, to avoid the hottest part of the day when more evaporation occurs. 

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



Do-It-Yourself - Household Water Assessment


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.