State Declares Drought Response Level One – effective Sept. 9, 2016

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU?
No outdoor water use from 10AM to 4PM in the heat of the day.  All outdoor water use must occur before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m.
Watering with drip irrigation or soaker hoses, handheld hoses with automatic cutoffs and handheld containers are completely exempt from outdoor water use rules and may be used on any day at any time.
WHAT ABOUT  FOOD GARDENS & NEW PLANTINGS?
There are several exceptions to this rule, such as food gardens and new plantings.  Go to http://epd.georgia.gov/water-conservation for more details.
ARE THESE RESTRICTIONS MANDATORY?
YES!  A surcharge of $50 per violation will be added to your utility bill if you are discovered using water outside of permitted times/days.
SIMPLE WAYS TO CONSERVE….INDOORS & OUTDOORS
  • To promote deep, strong roots in your lawn, only apply one-inch of water once per week.  Frequent, light waterings actually cause roots to turn and grow toward the surface.  Use a tuna can or sprinkler gauge to   measure the amount of water you use.  If it rains, make sure you count that rainfall towards your inch a week, and if it rains an inch, don’t water at all that week.
  • Only use water hoses with cut-off nozzles
  • Make sure your sprinklers are watering your lawn – not your house, sidewalk or street
  • Regularly check for & repair leaks inside/outside your home
  • Turning off the water faucet while you brush your teeth, wash your face or shave
  • Only do full loads in the dishwasher and washing machine
For more information, visit www.dutil.com or call our 24-hour Watering Hot Line 706-529-1251