Water Report

City of Suwanee Water Quality Report for Calendar Year 2015

Level 1 Drought Response Declaration

On September 9, 2016, Georgia's Environmental Protection Division declared a Level 1 drought response across 53 counties, primarily in Northwest and North Georgia which includes the City of Suwanee Water System. This Level 1 Declaration is the first of 4 potential levels and has been declared in an attempt to provide notice to area water users to conserve water due to existing regional drought conditions.

The declaration follows a wet winter, but a dry spring and summer. According to the National Weather Service, from March through August, Atlanta received 16.59 inches of rain – around 8.5 inches less than the 30-year average for the same six-month period. We don't know how long the dry weather will continue. Rainfall may return to normal, but we need to take reasonable measures to be responsible stewards of water and to be prepared for the possibility this is a long-term drought.

Requirement for water customers have not changed from the state's permanent year-round outdoor watering restrictions which limit outdoor watering to the hours between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. to avoid the hottest part of the day when more evaporation occurs, with certain limited exceptions as set forth in the 2010 Georgia Water Stewardship Act as follows:

Georgia Water Stewardship Act
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. 

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;
  • Hand watering 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; or
  • Hydro-seeding.

Please click on the links to learn more about outdoor water use:
Water Stewardship Act
Drought Information from the National Weather Service
U.S. Drought Monitor

Other websites that provide water quality-related information include:
Water Quality Information Center
Non-Point Source Pollution
USGS Water Resources of Georgia
American Water Works Association
Clean Water Campaign
DIY Household Water Assessment (provided by Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District)