In a close partnership with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD), Governor Nathan Deal has elevated the Drought Response for over 50 counties.
Drought conditions are worsening across the Peach State, but for 52 of those counties, conditions are dire. The 53 counties listed at a level 2 join 58 other counties designated as level 1.
“During this prolonged period of severe drought in Georgia, we are bolstering the state’s drought response in more than 100 counties,” Deal said in a press release. “I would like to remind Georgians that there are specific guidelines and prohibitions to follow during a Level 1 and Level 2 Drought Response. We urge these communities to act accordingly, use good judgment and avoid outdoor burning and watering while we continue to work with the EPD and pray for rain across the state.”
Drought conditions have been present for the last 20 weeks and officials are growing concerned as no reprieve is in sight.
What happens under a Level 2 Drought Response?
- Outdoor landscape water is permitted just two days a week
- Even numbered addresses and without a numbered address water on Wednesday and Saturday
- Odd numbered addresses water Thursday and Sunday
- All watering must take place between 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m.
- Homeowners are prohibited from washing hard surfaces like streets and sidewalks
- No ornamental foundtians may be used
- Fire hydrant use is limited to firefighting and public safety
- Non-commercial washing of vehicles is prohibited
- Non-commercial pressure washing is prohibited
- Fundraising car washes are prohibited
Which counties are listed in a Level 2 Drought Response Zone?
Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Butts, Carroll, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Athens-Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, Dade, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Fannin, Fayette, Floyd, Forsyth, Fulton, Gilmer, Gordon, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Haralson, Harris, Heard, Henry, Jackson, Lamar, Lumpkin, Meriwether, Monroe, Morgan, Murray, Newton, Oconee, Paulding, Pickens, Pike, Polk, Rockdale, Spalding, Troup, Union, Upson, Walker, Walton, White and Whitfield.
Which counties are listed in a Level 1 Drought Response Zone?
Baker, Baldwin, Bibb, Bleckley, Calhoun, Chattahoochee, Clay, Columbia, Crawford, Crisp, Decatur, Dooly, Dougherty, Early, Elbert, Franklin, Glascock, Greene, Hancock, Hart, Houston, Jasper, Jefferson, Jones, Laurens, Lee, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, Marion, McDuffie, Miller, Mitchell, Muscogee, Oglethorpe, Peach, Pulaski, Putnam, Quitman, Rabun, Randolph, Richmond, Schley, Seminole, Stephens, Stewart, Sumter, Talbot, Taliaferro, Taylor, Terrell, Towns, Twiggs, Warren, Washington, Webster, Wilkes and Wilkinson.
For more information on water conservation and the rules of drought management, visit EPD’s website here.