Water Report

City of Suwanee Water Quality Report for Calendar Year 2017

Level 1 Drought Response Declaration

On September 7, 2017, Georgia's Environmental Protection Division eased outdoor water use restrictions by moving Gwinnett County and 11 other counties from Level 2 Drought Response to Level 1 Drought Response.

The State's most recent Level 2 Drought Response has focused on Lake Lanier and its tributaries because they serve as water supply to much of metro Atlanta.  Lake Lanier is a federal reservoir and as such, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages its water level.  As of September 7, 2017, Lake Lanier lake level had improved approximately 5 feet since the beginning of the year, yet it continues to be approximately 5.7 feet below full pool.  It is anticipated that the lake level for Lake Lanier will decrease some during the Fall, then rebound with continuing improvements this Winter.

The City of Suwanee and the Suwanee Water System service area is now under a Level  1 Drought Response.  Accordingly, requirements for water customers are changed back to 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