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City of Suwanee Water Quality Report for Calendar Year 2017

Georgia EPD Drops Level 1 Drought Response As Winter Rains Bring Relief to Lake Lanier and Metro Atlanta

On March 8, 2018, Georgia's Environmental Protection Division lifted the Level 1 Drought Response in Gwinnett County and 11 other north Georgia counties.  This was pursuant to winter rains refilling Lake Sidney Lanier to its full winter pool elevation. 

Year-Round Outdoor Watering Restrictions

While the drought response has ended, all Georgians must still follow the year-round non-drought outdoor water use schedule required in the Water Stewardship Act of 2010.  This law established requirements for water customers in 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  • Use of water withdrawn from private water wells or surface water by an owner or operator of property if such well or surface water is on said property;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.

More Information

Please click on the links to learn more about outdoor water use:

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