Outdoor Water Use Exemptions

Whitfield and Murray Counties moved to Non-Drought Status by the State of Georgia

Effective March 2nd, 2017, the state of Georgia moved Whitfield and Murray counties to Non-Drought status which means aside from hourly limits, there is no restriction on outdoor irrigation used for planting, growing, maintaining groundcover, trees, shrubs, and plants. Please note that outdoor water use is still limited to after 4:00 p.m. and before 10 a.m. as specified in the state’s drought management plan. Other outdoor water uses previously restricted during the Level 2 Drought Response were:

  • The washing of hard surfaces such as streets and sidewalks.
  • Water used for ornamental purposes, such as fountains.
  • Non-commercial washing of vehicles.
  • Non-commercial pressure washing.
  • And fundraising car washes.

For more information on outdoor water uses visit the Environmental Protection Division’s (EPD) website at: https://epd.georgia.gov/non-drought-outdoor-water-use-schedule

Looking for ways to reduce your water usage? From outdoors to the kitchen, bathroom and laundry room, cutting your water consumption can be done easily…and at little or no cost!