New water restrictions were put in place Thursday for metro Atlanta, declaring much of North Georgia as in the midst of a Level Two drought.
Here's what each drought level means for residents:
Currently, all Georgians may only water lawns and landscapes between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. But if the state officially declares a drought, the following restrictions kick in:
Level One drought: Requires public water systems to educate customers about conditions and encourages conservation.
Level Two drought: Limits outdoor watering to two days a week on an odd-even schedule. Even numbered addresses may water Wednesdays and Saturdays (4 p.m. to 10 a.m.); odd numbered addresses may water Thursdays and Sundays (4 p.m. to 10 a.m.). No water for outdoor fountains, car washes or power washing of homes.
Level Three drought: Prohibits all outdoor irrigation of landscapes. Food gardens may be watered between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. (Soaker hoses and drip irrigation may be used any time.) Hand watering allowed during designated hours. Golf course irrigation limited.
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