2007 OUTDOOR WATERING RESTRICTIONS

             LEVEL 4 Restrictions – No Outdoor Water Use Allowed*

                             Updated: September 29, 2007

The director of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) has
declared a level four drought response across the northern third of
Georgia, which prohibits most types of outdoor residential water use
effective immediately. Under Declared Drought Response Level Four no
outdoor water use is allowed, other than for activities exempted by EPD
Drought Management Plan (please see last page for list of these
exemptions), or as the EPD Director may order.

Level 4 Restrictions are in effect for the following counties:

Banks         Barrow        Bartow        Butts         Carroll       Catoosa    Chattooga
Cherokee      Clarke        Clayton       Cobb          Coweta        Dade       Dawson
Dekalb        Douglas       Elbert        Fannin        Fayette       Floyd      Forsyth
Franklin      Fulton        Gilmer        Gordon        Greene        Gwinnett Habersham
Hall          Haralson      Harris        Hart          Heard         Henry
Jackson       Jasper        Lincoln       Lumpkin       Madison       Meriwether
Morgan        Murray        Muscogee      Newton        Oconee        Oglethorpe
Polk          Paulding      Pickens       Rabun         Rockdale      Stephens
Spalding      Towns         Troup         Union         Walker        Walton
White         Whitfield     Wilkes

The remainder of the State remains under Drought Level 2 Restrictions.


Additional restrictions have been placed on EXEMPTIONS* in the following
Cobb County – (http://www.cobbcountyga.gov/)
    For a maximum of 30 days after installation, only professionally installed new
      installation can be watered – this includes seeding and overseeding/aeration:
          o If installed by a professional landscape company AND LANDSCAPE PROFESSIONAL IS
              PHYSICALLY ON THE PROPERTY, new installation can be watered at any hour of the
          o If installed by a professional landscape company but landscape professional IS NOT
              physically on the property, new installation can be watered by homeowner, but only
              between midnight and 10 a.m.
          o YOU MUST HAVE DOCUMENTATION (CONTRACT, INVOICE, ETC. showing installation
              date to show to enforcement personnel).
          o After this 30 day period, TOTAL WATERING BAN IS IN EFFECT.
    Nurseries/Garden Centers – may maintain, as necessary, retail inventory but on-site
      landscaped areas are subject to ban restrictions.
      If new landscape is installed by homeowner BEFORE the total water ban went into effect
       (9/20/07) new installation can be watered midnight and 10 a.m. No new installation by
       homeowner after 9/20/2007 can be watered.
     All other exemptions remain unchanged.
THIS BAN affects Cobb and Paulding counties and all their cities, and the city of Mountain Park
in northern Fulton County.

Forsyth County – (www.forsythco.com)
        Newly laid sod and landscape within the first 30 days (but only within the allowed
          hours – proof of installation date is required within 5 days of installation – invoices
          can be faxed to 770.205.4515)

   Athens-Clarke County (http://www.athensclarkecounty.com/publicutilities/water.htm)
       Commercial exemptions are no longer permitted, however they may apply to the
         Public Utilities Department's Water Conservation Office for a special permit to continue
         outdoor water use if they show how they can use less water by implementing a water
         conservation plan. 706-613-3470

City of Jefferson (http://www.cityofjeffersonga.com)
     Professional sod producers and ornamental growers are banned from irrigating using city
     New Landscape Installation requirements (from City of Jefferson staff):
           o New landscape installation watering is limited to fourteen-calendar days following
               the installation. This includes sod, grass seeding, etc. Any professionally certified
               landscaper is required to register with City Hall notifying them of the area to be
               landscaped and the anticipated work completion date. The "clock" will start on the
               date of completion.
           o Likewise, so as not to penalize any recently installed landscaping, we require
               registration through City Hall.
           o Ultimately we would prefer all landscaping operations be suspended until we are out
               of this drought situation. If any landscaper, developer or contractor has access to his
               own water supply he is welcome to make use of it.
           o Further, under any soil and erosion control permitted activities a landscaper,
               developer, or contractor will be permitted to install straw, hay, tree mulch, or other
               approved management practice to protect the ground from erosion.

Oconee County (http://www.oconeecounty.com)
    All new landscaping will have a 30-day exemption provided they have a landscape
      exemption permit and honor the watering hours of 12 midnight to 8:00 a.m. Anyone
      installing new landscaping must obtain a permit – homeowners, general contractors,
      landscape contractors, etc. Permits must be on the premises at all times and readily
      available. Permits can be obtained from the Oconee County Utility Department (free of
      charge). Watering new landscaping without a permit may result in a $250.00 fine.

Newton County (http://www.co.newton.ga.us/) – Have not confirmed changes to these
         o · Commercial landscape operations (Per Tuesday/Thursday schedule above – 12
            Midnight – 10 AM, Odd-Even applies)
We also recommend that if you have a newly planted landscape by a professional, compile the
following information to reference in the event that a warning or citation is received from water
enforcement personnel:

          1. The date that installation was completed,
          2. Exemption 2a (below) with language describing the 30 day exemption, and
          3. The date that the 30 day exemption period ends.

This will give you necessary data in the event that you receive a warning or citation from water
enforcement personnel.

* For complete Rules, Regulations and Exemptions please go to the website, www.gaepd.org,
click on “Outdoor Water Use Schedule” and then click on “Rules for Outdoor Water Use”.

* EPD EXEMPTIONS from Outdoor Water Use Drought Level 4: Outdoor water may be
used by the following:

4. Commercial uses
a. Professionally certified or licensed landscapers, golf course contractors, and sports turf
landscapers: during installation and 30 days following installation only. Professional landscapers
must be certified or licensed for commercial exemptions to apply.
b. Irrigation contractors: during installation and as needed for proper maintenance and adjustments
c. Sod producers
d. Ornamental growers
e. Fruit and vegetable growers
f. Retail garden centers
g. Hydro-seeding
h. Power-washing
i. Construction sites (to establish vegetative cover after earth moving)
j. Producers of food and fiber
k. Car washes
l. Water needed to sustain daily business
m. Watering-in of pesticides and herbicides on turf.

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