ALERT- Level 2 Water Restrictions Announced Along With Expansion of Level 1 Area
Friday, November 18, 2016
Posted by: Jennifer Addington
INDUSTRY ALERT- DROUGHT
RESPONSE LEVEL 2 DECLARED
As you are aware, Governor Deal recently indicated that a Level 2 Drought Response would soon be in the works. That announcement became reality this morning as Deal and GA EPD announced that parts of north-Georgia would be moving into the Level 2 Response and that more counties to the south and east would move into a Level 1 Response. The map below defines the two response areas.
Rick Dunn, EPD Director, indicates that a combination of factors led to the decision. "Today's declaration is driven by an extended period of little or no rain and increasing dryness in the impacted areas," said EPD Director Richard Dunn. "What's more, there is little hope for relief as weather forecasters expect an unusually warm, dry winter across most of the state."
What Does This Mean In Terms of Outdoor Watering?
With multiple sets of rules now in effect, it's important to stay informed on what is, and what is not, permitted in your area. GGIA continues to partner with the Georgia Urban Ag Council to bring you the website www.GeorgiaWaterSmart.com, providing a centralized online resource which explains the rules and provides tips for saving water in the landscape. We ask that all members bookmark this site and promote it for your employees, clients and customers.
Watering of new plantings for 30 Days is allowed under both response levels. Please note, that watering of all newly installed seed, turf or plants is allowed for 30 days following installation without restriction. Fall remains a critical planting time and this exemption for new installations means that new projects can go on as planned.
Know The Rules With This Convenient Flier
Click here for a flier that explains the rules in the Level 2 Response. This one page graphic explains in simple terms what is allowed and makes an ideal resource for sharing with your clients and customers. Don't count on the media to correctly inform the public. Take charge, know your rights, and use the information to remain on the right side of the new rules.
Level 1 vs. Level 2
For counties now under a Level 1 Drought Response, this means that citizens are encouraged to employ water saving efforts both inside the home and out. Local water providers will be working to provide information on how to save water outside the landscape and inside the home. Be a champion for water conservation and direct your contacts to visit www.GeorgiaWaterSmart.com for expert tips from the industry.
Level 2 employs the familiar odd/even system for watering allowing even number addresses to water between 4pm and 10am on Wednesdays and Saturdays, while odd number addresses can water on Thursdays and Sundays. Help educate your customers to water only when plants and turf require water. Just because you can water on any given day, doesn't mean that you need to. There are also exemptions under the Level 2 Response including:
- Watering of newly installed seed, plants or turf
- Hand watering (via hose with a shutoff device or container)
- Drip Irrigation
- Watering of personal food gardens
Help Spread The Word
Let's face it, multiple sets of rules will be confusing to the public and even to the media. You can do your part to help us spread the word and get the correct information out by sharing these resources via your company website and social media.
www.GeorgiaWaterSmart.com- for updates on rules, BMP's and water saving tips inside the home and in the landscape.
Level 2 Flier- explains what's allowed under the Level 2 Response in easy to understand terms.