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While Fulton County and much of Georgia has been experiencing hot, dry conditions this summer and fall, a drought response level has not been declared by Georgia EPD at this time.   Currently, the entire state is under the non-drought water use schedule set by the  Water Stewardship Act of 2010.   This schedule allows outdoor water use year-round, but requires landscape watering to be done before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m., in order to reduce water loss to evaporation during the warmest part of the day.

In addition, the following outdoor water uses are allowed daily at any time of the day by anyone:

  • 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 waste water 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;
  • Handwatering 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  • Use of water withdrawn from private water wells or surface water by an owner or operator of property if such well or surface water is on said property;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; or
  • Hydroseeding

Fulton County has a  Water Waste Ordinance  in place to prevent water lost by inefficient irrigation or other excessive use.    

Water efficiency is always essential to protect the current and future water supply for Fulton County and the region.   The Department of Public Works has information and programs available for its water customers who would like to conserve water and save money, including a rebate for replacing older toilets with high-efficiency WaterSense labeled models.

For more information about available water conservation programs or an update on the current watering rules, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at (404) 612–8006

For more information regarding water conservation within the Atlanta region visit the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District website.  


drought map 10-10-19