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 Use of water withdrawn from private water wells or surface water by an owner or operator of property if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