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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. PLEASE CHECK YOUR LOCAL WATER SUPPLIERS WEBSITE FREQUENTLY FOR CHANGES TO EXEMPTIONS. Additional restrictions have been placed on EXEMPTIONS* in the following areas: Cobb County – (http://www.cobbcountyga.gov/) LANDSCAPE EXEMPTIONS PERMITTED: 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 day. 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 water. 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 exemptions. 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 only. 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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