Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday announced increased water restrictions across much of the state as a result of the deepening drought in the Southeast.

The state has shifted to a Level 2 response in 52 northern Georgia counties -- including all of metro Atlanta, while an additional 58 counties have imposed a Level 1 drought response.

Under a Level 2 drought response, outdoor landscape watering is only permitted two days a week, based on an odd-even address system.

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Even-numbered addresses may water on Wednesday and Saturday between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m., while odd-numbered addresses may water on Thursday and Sunday between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m.

Prohibited outdoor water uses include:

  • Washing of hard surfaces such as streets and sidewalks
  • Water for ornamental purposes, such as fountains
  • The use of fire hydrants -- except for firefighting and public safety
  • Non-commercial washing of vehicles
  • Non-commercial pressure washing
  • Fundraising car washes

The counties under a Level 2 drought response are: Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Butts, Carroll, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Athens-Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, Dade, Dawson, Dekalb, Douglas, Fannin, Fayette, Floyd, Forsyth, Fulton, Gilmer, Gordon, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Haralson, Harris, Heard, Henry, Jackson, Lamar, Lumpkin, Meriwether, Monroe, Morgan, Murray, Newton, Oconee, Paulding, Pickens, Pike, Polk, Rockdale, Spalding, Troup, Union, Upson, Walker, Walton, White and Whitfield.

In addition, Haralson County and the cities of Griffin, Tallapoosa, Waco and Buchanan have reported water supply issues, and have been granted state variances to impose even greater water use restrictions.

The following activities are presently allowed under both a Level 1 or Level 2 drought response:

  • 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.
  • General landscape watering may be done between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. on the designated days.

Additional water conservation information can be found at http://epd.georgia.gov/water-conservation.

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