Outdoor Watering

irrigation

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources Board adopted a new drought management rule in 2015 which updated outdoor watering restrictions. 

​​Per the rule:​

(a)  Persons may irrigate outdoors daily for purposes of planting, growing, managing, or maintaining ground cover, trees, shrubs, or other plants only between the hours of 4:00pm and 10:00am.​

(b)  Paragraph (a) shall not create any limitation upon the following outdoor water uses:

​      1. Commercial agricultural operations as defined in Code Section 1-3-3;

​      2. Capture and reuse of cooling system condensate or storm water in compliance with applicable local  ​               
​           ordinance and state guidelines;

​      3. Reuse of gray water in compliance with Code Section 31-3-5.2 and applicable local board of health
​          regulations adopted pursuant thereto;      

      4. Use of unclaimed waste water by a designated user from a system permitted by the Environmental
​          Protection Division of the department to provide reclaimed waste water:

​​      5. Irrigation of personal food gardens

​      6. 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;

​      7. Drip irrigation or irrigation using soakers hoses; 

​      8. Hand-watering with a hose with automatic cutoff or handheld container;

​      9. Use of water withdrawn from private water wells or surface water by an owner or operator of property if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;

​    10. Irrigation of horticultural crops held for sale, resale, or installation;

​    11. Irrigation of athletic fields, golf courses, or public turf grass recreational areas;

​    12. Installation, maintenance, or calibration of irrigation systems; or

​    13. Hydroseeding

​(c)  Paragraph (a) shall not create any limitation upon outdoor water uses for purposes other than planting, growing,

​       managing, or maintaining ground cover, trees, shrubs, or other plants.



​For more information, please visit:
​http://epd.georgia.gov/water-conservation