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Georgia EPD Declares Level 1 Drought Response

Post Date:10/22/2019 10:00 AM

Georgia's Environmental Protection Division has declared a Level 1 Drought in 103 counties, including Fulton County. In response, the City of Roswell is urging all residents to follow the state's permanent year-round outdoor watering restrictions and to make every effort to conserve water in their day-to-day activities.

Information about both items are below:

  1. State of Georgia Outdoor Watering Restrictions
    • Limits outdoor watering to the hours between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. No outdoor watering between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
    • This avoids the hottest part of the day when more evaporation occurs.
    • There are several exceptions, such as new plantings. These can be found at www.epd.georgia.gov/water-conservation.

  2. Water Conservation Tips
    • Use a rain gauge to determine how much it has rained over the week before watering outdoor plants. Most outdoor plants need an inch of water per week.
    • Water in several short sessions instead of one long session. This reduces runoff and allows water to infiltrate into soil and plant roots.
    • Only water lawns when needed. If the blades of grass don’t bounce back after walking across the lawn, it is time to water. Water lawns and plants in the early morning and late evening.
    • Check and repair leaks inside and outside the home. Roswell's Water customers may register for the City's customer portal, AquaHawk, to receive alerts about potential leaks. This service is not available for Fulton County water customers.
    • Shorten showers and turn off water when shaving or brushing teeth.
    • Fill dishwashers and washing machines. Make sure there is a full load every time.
For more water conservation tips, visit Georgia EPD's "My Drop Counts" Water Conservation Brochure.

For more information, please visit

www.roswellgov.com/drought

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