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Atlanta Water Restrictions

March 9, 2022

Current Water Restrictions in Atlanta?

Currently, there is no drought level response declared for the Atlanta area or the state of Georgia. 

The Metro Water Committee encourages all Georgians to follow the state’s year-round watering restrictions required under the Water Stewardship Act of 2010, limiting outdoor watering to before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. according to the Norther Georgia Water Authority.

Non-drought Outdoor Water Use Schedule

The Stewardship Act allows daily watering for the uses of planting, growing, maintaining lawns, plants, shrubs, and trees only between the hours of 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. has developed a schedule of outdoor water use restrictions during periods of drought conditions in order to reduce the demand for limited surface water supplies and help maintain a safe, reliable drinking water supply for all residents of Georgia.

The following outdoor water uses also are allowed daily at any time of the day by anyone:

• Commercial agricultural operations 
• Collection and Reuse of cooling system condensate or storm water in compliance with local ordinances and state guidelines;
• Reuse of gray water in compliance with Code Section 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 wastewater;
• 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 cut-off 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• Use of water withdrawn from private water wells or surface water by an owner or operator of property if such well or surface water is on said property;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 any questions about the current Atlanta water restriction, you can always reach out to your local lawn care professional!


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