Outdoor Water Use Schedule

 When to Water
Outdoor Water Use Schedule
These restrictions are consistent with The Georgia Water Stewardship Act (June 2010).  

Daily Watering
For planting, growing, managing, or maintaining ground cover, trees, or shrubs with an automated watering system, lawn sprinkler, watering is allowed between 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m.

Outdoor Water Uses
You can use water outdoors any time for:
  • Drip or soaker hose irrigation
  • Hand watering with a hose with an automatic cut-off or with a handheld container
  • Hydroseeding
  • Installation, maintenance, or calibration of irrigation systems
  • Pressure washing
  • Irrigation of athletic fields, golf courses, or public turf grass recreational areas
  • Irrigation of horticultural crops held for sale, resale, or installation
  • Watering new and replanted plants or seeds
  • Watering personal food gardens
  • Water from a personal well or alternate source (grey water, rain water, condensate)

Not allowed at any time:

  • Failing to repair or bypass a leaking sprinkler head or emitter, valve, faucet, pipe, or toilet
  • Allowing tap water to flow into public rights of way such as alleys, streets, or gutters or onto another person's property
  • Operating an irrigation system uring rain events exceeding 1/4 inch
  • Washing vehicles, driveways, parking lots, or sidewalks WITHOUT using a shutoff valve or nozzle

Learn More
If you have any questions regarding outdoor water use, please call the Athens-Clarke County Water Conservation Office at 706-613-3729.

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