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Milledgeville Water Restrictions the Lone Exception

Friday, July 15, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jennifer Addington
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Milledgeville Water Restrictions the Lone




On Tuesday, July 5 the city of Milledgeville put into effect emergency rules restricting all outdoor water use including landscape irrigation, car washing and the filling of pools. The culprit? Not the dry conditions that are an ongoing concern but a broken pump that pulls water from the Oconee River and sends it to a treatment plant.


While repair work continues on the pump, city officials have added an exemption for newly sodded lawns. From the Milledgeville press release:


"The outdoor water usage restriction put in place by officials with the City of Milledgeville Water Department Tuesday, July 5, is still in effect until further notice, but the restriction has been lifted for customers in areas with newly sodded lawns. Water personnel are still in the process of repairing and replacing a pump that supplies water to city residents. The City of Milledgeville Water Department customers are asked to continue conserving water and the outdoor water usage restriction has been lifted only for those customers with newly sodded lawns."


As a reminder, state code stipulates that water providers must receive permission from GA EPD before enacting any water use rules that differ from those imposed by EPD. There is a process that allows providers like Milledgeville to make emergency changes in the case of a sudden event that causes an interruption in their ability to deliver water. However, providers must show good cause when making a request to change outdoor rules due to dry conditions.




What are the current rules? You'll recall that overhead or spray irrigation is allowed only between the hours of 4:00 pm and 10:00 am.The following outdoor water uses also 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; 



For more information, visit the EPD website here:

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