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Paulding County is under a Level 2 Drought Response:

On November 17, 2016, the State of Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) declared a Level 2 Drought Response for a 52 county area which includes Paulding County.  

We always encourage our customer to conserve water, but it is more important than ever that we use water responsibly both indoors and outdoors.  Remember that in the Fall and inter months, outdoor plants need less water. Only water when plants show signs of distress (curling, wilting, graying foliage).

During a Level 2 Drought Response, outdoor landscape watering is only allowed two days a week determined by odd and even-numbered addresses. Even-numbered addresses and properties without numbered addresses may water on Wednesday and Saturday before 10 am and after 4:00 pm. Odd-numbered addresses may water Thursday and Sunday before 10 am and after 4:00 pm.


The following outdoor water uses are prohibited during a Level 2 Drought Response: washing hard surfaces such as streets and sidewalks, water for ornamental purposes such as fountains, the use of fire hydrants except for firefighting, public safety and flushing, non-commercial vehicle washing including fundraising car washes, and non-commercial pressure washing.

The following outdoor water uses also are allowed daily at any time of the day by anyone:

  • Commercial agricultural operations as defined in GA Code Section 1-3-3
  • Capture and reuse of cooling system condensate or storm water in 

         compliance with applicable local ordinances and state guidelines

  • Reuse of gray water in compliance with GA Code Section 31-3-5.2 and 

         applicable local board of health regulations adopted pursuant thereto

  • Use of reclaimed waste water by a designated user from a system 

        permitted by the Environmental Protection Division of the department

        to provide reclaimed waste water

  • Irrigation of personal food gardens
  • 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

  • Drip irrigation or irrigation using soaker hoses
  • Hand-watering with a hose with automatic cutoff or handheld container
  • Use of water withdrawn from private water wells or surface water by an 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

  • Irrigation of horticultural crops held for sale, resale, or installation
  • Irrigation of athletic fields, golf courses, or public turf grass recreational areas
  • Installation, maintenance, or calibration of irrigation systems
  • Hydro seeding

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