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Fulton Continues in a Drought Response Level 2

Even with the latest amount of rainfall, Fulton County is one of the 12 counties still remaining in drought level 2.

“It is critical that metro Atlantans follow a Level 2 Drought Response, which allows reasonable outdoor water use while still saving water,” said EPD Director Richard Dunn.

The Level 2 Drought Response has been in place since November 2016 in the following 12 counties: Cobb, Coweta, Dekalb, Douglas, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Lumpkin, Paulding and White counties. These are counties that depend on Lake Lanier and the Chattahoochee River for water supply.

"Lake Lanier is a large reservoir fed by relatively small streams," added EPD Director Dunn. "Recent rains have provided short-term relief for your landscape, but not enough rainfall to provide significant improvement to Lake Lanier."

Source: Original EPD press release available here.

Level 2 Drought Response Guidelines

Prohibited Outdoor Water Uses

  • Washing hard surfaces such as streets and sidewalks
  • Water for ornamental purposes, such as fountains
  • The use of fire hydrants, except for firefighting and public safety
  • Non-commercial washing of vehicles
  • Non-commercial pressure washing
  • Fundraising car washes

Permitted Outdoor Water Uses

  • Irrigation of new and replanted plant, seed, or turf may be done at any time of day for 30 days after installation.
  • Irrigation of personal food gardens may be done at any time of day.
  • Drip irrigation or irrigation using soaker hoses may be done at any time of day and hand-watering with a hose with automatic cutoff or handheld container may be done at any time of day.
  • General landscape watering is permitted with the following restriction:
    • Outdoor landscape watering is only allowed two days a week, determined by odd- and even-numbered addresses.
    • Even-numbered addresses and properties without numbered addresses may water on Wednesdays and Saturdays only. Odd-numbered addresses may water on Thursdays and Sundays only.
    • On the selected days, watering may only take place before 10:00 AM or after 4:00 PM. No watering is allowed between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM.

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