Water quality and water resources
All the water provided by Water Utility Management comes from underground aquifers in Georgia, most commonly the Floridan Aquifer System. The Floridan Aquifer is a vast limestone formation located approximately 300-400 feet below ground, under a layer of clay. As water filters through the earth, it becomes very clean; the Floridan Aquifer System naturally contains some of the cleanest water in the world. It is our responsibility to protect this resource for the use of future generations.
Statewide Outdoor Watering Schedule
The Georgia Water Stewardship Act went into effect statewide on June 2, 2010. It allows daily outdoor watering for purposes of planting, growing, managing, or maintaining ground cover, trees, shrubs, or other plants only between the hours of 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. by anyone whose water is supplied by a water system permitted by the Environmental Protection Division.
Level 1 Drought Notice
The GA Environmental Protection Division (EPD) has issued a Level 1 Drought Notice. In addition to following best water conservation practices, the following activities may be done at any time of day under a Level 1 Drought Response:
- Irrigation of personal food gardens may be done at any time of day;
- Irrigation of new and replanted plant, seed, or turf may be done at any time of day for 30 days after installation;
- 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.
Water Conservation is important! Please see below for indoor and outdoor conservation tips:
Changing your behavior around the house can save on monthly water bills and help protect a precious resource.
- Install aerators on household faucets.
- Fill the bathtub half full while bathing.
- Shorten your shower and put in an aerator.
- Thaw food in the refrigerator rather than under running water.
- Check sinks, toilets and showerheads for household leaks.
- Run the dishwasher and washing machine only when full.
- Don’t throw unused water down the drain, use it for plants and trees.
- Don’t waste food.
- Recycle materials whenever possible.
Make sure that you’re doing what you can in the yard to stop water waste.
- Consider replacing a portion of your grass with desert landscaping; use plants, like succulents or cacti, that do not require much water to flourish.
- Use drip irrigation on shrubs and trees to provide the appropriate amount of water without overdoing it.
- Change your irrigation controller with the seasons; grass and plants don’t require as much water during the cooler months. Factor in rainfall so you can water less based on your rainfall amount. * Use a rain gauge! Click here for instructions on constructing a rain gauge from a recycled bottle!
- Water your lawn in the early morning or evening when temperatures are cooler.
- Check sprinkler heads to assure they are spraying properly.
- Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway and sidewalks.
- Set your lawn mower to a higher setting, longer grass keeps the soil moist.
- Weed your lawn and garden regularly.
- Collect rainwater for irrigation, and reuse water from the house for plants.
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