EPD Declares Drought Response Level Two for Lawrenceville and Surrounding Region

Published: November 17, 2016


 EPD Declares Drought Response Level Two for Lawrenceville and Surrounding Region

 State Agency ups the level of restrictions to water usage in 16-County District



Georgia EPD Director Dunn announced today that the State is officially in Drought Response Level Two water restriction.  With this change comes new responsibilities and requirements for the City of Lawrenceville and the 16-County district surrounding it.

According to the Drought Response Strategies Handbook, Level Two requires all residents and businesses in Georgia to comply with restrictions including but not limited to the following:

  1. General Outdoor Watering. Outdoor irrigation for purposes of planting, growing, managing, or maintaining ground cover, trees, shrubs, or other plants, as described in Rule 391-3-30-.03(1)(a), shall be limited to two days a week on an odd-even schedule. Even numbered addresses may irrigate on Wednesday and Saturday between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. Odd numbered addresses may irrigate on Thursday and Sunday between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. “Even numbered address” means an address number ending with the number 0, 2, 4, 6, 8, or the site does not have a numbered address. “Odd numbered address” means an address ending with the number 1, 3, 5, 7, or 9.
  2. The following outdoor water uses shall not be allowed, except as provided below:
    1. Washing hard surfaces such as streets, gutters, sidewalks and driveways, except when necessary for public health and safety;
    2. Using water for ornamental purposes, such as fountains, reflecting pools, and waterfalls;
    3. Use of fire hydrants, except for the purposes of firefighting, public health, safety, or flushing;
    4. Washing vehicles, such as cars, boats, trailers, motorbikes, airplanes, or golf carts;
    5. Non-commercial washing, or pressure washing, of buildings or structures, except for immediate fire protection; and
    6. Charity, or non-commercial fund-raiser, car washes.

The City’s Water Department heads will be attending an online meeting coordinated by the Metro North Georgia Water Planning District Friday, November 18, to discuss strategies for the 16-County district. More information will follow in the coming days to keep residents and businesses informed on additional requirements and compliance standards. Lawrenceville thanks its residents and businesses for their cooperation during this time.

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