Possible drought restrictions for Metro Atlantans

Channel 2's Darryn Moore learns about the restrictions

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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