The state has placed water-use restrictions in DeKalb and Fulton counties due to drought conditions, including limits on lawn-watering and a ban on outdoor fountains and non-commercial car-washing.

“Today’s declaration is driven by an extended period of little or no rain and increasing dryness in the impacted areas,” said Richard Dunn, director of the state Environmental Protection Division, in a Nov. 17 press release. “What’s more, there is little hope for relief as weather forecasters expect an unusually warm, dry winter across most of the state.”

A map of the drought levels in the state, from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.

Metro Atlanta is in its 22nd week of drought conditions, according to the state. DeKalb and Fulton are among 52 Georgia counties to get an increased drought response. The counties had previously been under an informational advisory encouraging voluntary restrictions on water use. Now they are under some mandatory restrictions.

Restricted but allowed outdoor water uses include:

  • 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 Wednesday and Saturday between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. Odd-numbered addresses may water Thursday and Sunday between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m.
  • Irrigation of personal food gardens at any time of day.
  • Irrigation of new and replanted plant, seed or turf may at any time of day for 30 days
    after installation.
  • Drip irrigation or irrigation using soaker hoses at any time of day, and hand-watering
    with a hose with automatic cutoff or handheld container may be done at any time of

Banned outdoor water uses include:

  • 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.

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John Ruch

John Ruch is an Atlanta-based journalist. Previously, he was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.

2 replies on “Drought triggers water-use restrictions for DeKalb and Fulton”

  1. I dare Sandy Springs or anyone to drive thru our neighborhood, 30327, and fine the “Entitlement Crowd” who’s sprinklers are running this Sunday morning and fine them. I bet like all droughts this zip code will have water covered roads each morning and those requiring us to get a car wash not even care.

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