Friday, October 10, 2008

Tougher drought restrictions

Athens-Clarke County is gonna go to Level Four restrictions, and so is Oconee County.

The Athens-Clarke County notice is below ...

Modification to Outdoor Water Use Restrictions

(Athens, GA) – Despite recent rains, Athens-Clarke County is still experiencing drought conditions. The County has had nine straight months of below average rainfall this year. The Upper Oconee Basin Water Authority and Athens-Clarke County are being cautious regarding outdoor water use to ensure that water sources will be at appropriate levels to meet fall and winter water needs. The Upper Oconee Basin Water Authority has established a policy that outdoor water use restrictions would change back to only hand watering if the Bear Creek Reservoir dropped to 70% of its capacity, which it did this week.

Beginning Monday, October 13, 2008, outdoor water use restrictions in Athens-Clarke County will be consistent with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division’s Level 4 restrictions and allow ONLY hand watering, according to the odd/even schedule that is in place. Hand watering is defined as one person with one garden hose with a spray nozzle attached that shuts off automatically when it is released. Outdoor watering of plants or lawns by any other irrigation method is prohibited.

Odd addresses – those ending in a 1, 3, 5, 7, or 9 – are allowed to hand water on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays before 10:00 a.m. for 25 minutes per day.

Even addresses – those ending in a 0, 2, 4, 6, or 8 – are allowed to hand water on Saturdays, Mondays, and Wednesdays before 10:00 a.m. for 25 minutes per day.

All outdoor watering is prohibited on Fridays.

These modifications apply to all residential, commercial, governmental, and institutional customers of the Athens-Clarke County public water supply system. Private water supplies, such as wells, are currently exempt from the outdoor water use restrictions, but conservation is encouraged as groundwater supplies have also been impacted by the drought.

Restrictions and permits for other outdoor water use under Level 4, such as newly installed landscaping and pressure washing by permit, are still in place. For additional information, please visit, call 706-613-3470, or visit the Athens-Clarke County Public Utilities Department located at 1865 W. Broad Street, Suite C.

The Athens-Clarke County Public Utilities Department urges citizens to follow all outdoor water use restrictions and conserve water indoors whenever possible. Authorized Athens-Clarke County personnel will be enforcing the restrictions, with surcharges of $1000.00 and/or termination of water service for violating the outdoor water use restrictions.

Remember to Think at the Sink about all water use and visit for additional water conservation information.


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