Oct 23

Level 1 Drought Release

Public Notice of Level 1 Drought Conditions


As directed by the Rules of Drought Management, Chapter 391-3-30, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) has been monitoring climatic indicators and water supply conditions to assess drought severity. Drought conditions continue to worsen in many areas of Georgia. A Level 1 Drought Response has been declared for 103 Georgia counties. This public notice has been issued in order to help citizens better understand drought, its impact on water supplies, and the need for water conservation.


A few simple ways to conserve water within the household include:

  • Take shorter showers;
  • Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth, shaving, and lathering hands;
  • Fix leaky faucets;
  • Wash only full loads of laundry and dishes;
  • Water before 8 a.m. Watering early reduces evaporation and puts that water to work helping your plants grow.


Under the Level 1 Drought, the following activities are allowed during all times of day:

  • Irrigation of personal food gardens may be done at any time of day;
  • Irrigation of new and replanted plant, seed, or turf may be done at any time of day for 30 days after installation;
  • Drip irrigation or irrigation using soaker hoses may be done at any time of day; and
  • Hand watering with a hose with automatic cutoff or handheld container may be done at any time of day.


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