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On September 7, 2017, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division lowered the drought response for Fulton County and other metro-Atlanta counties from a Level 2 to a Level 1 Drought Response.  Read more about EPD's drought management rules.

Information on the Level 1 Drought Response from Georgia EPD:

Under a Level 1 Drought Response, the outdoor water use schedule required under the Water Stewardship Act of 2010 remains in place.   This schedule allows outdoor water use year-round between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m.  

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  • Use of water withdrawn from private water wells or surface water by an owner or operator of property if such well or surface water is on said property;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

If you have questions about the drought response or about how you can help to conserve, please call (404) 612-8006 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Tips on Water Conservation

Fulton County Water Waste Ordinance

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

drought map 2-15-18





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