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Water restrictions remain in place in several metro Atlanta counties

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With all the rain the area has seen, many people are wondering why water restrictions remain in place for several counties in metro Atlanta. 

The Department of Natural Resources says 12 Georgia counties remain under a Level 2 Drought Response and residents of those counties are to refrain from the listed activities until further notice:

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

Kathy Nguyen, Cobb County Water Resource Manager explains to residents on the social media app Nextdoor that 70 percent of the region's drinking water comes from Lake Lanier. She says even though pop-up storms have alleviated Georgia's drought status agriculturally speaking, those occasional showers are still not enough to replace the volume of water the lake loses daily due to evaporation from heat.

So until Lake Lanier fully recovers, the Level 2 drought remains in place for the following counties:

  • Cobb
  • Coweta
  • DeKalb
  • Douglas
  • Forsyth
  • Fulton
  • Gwinnett
  • Habersham
  • Hall
  • Lumpkin
  • Paulding
  • White 

Also according to the DNR, Drought Response Level 2 limits outdoor landscape watering to two days a week determined by odd and even-numbered addresses.  Even-numbered and unnumbered addresses may water on Wednesday and Saturday before 10:00 a.m. and after 4:00 p.m.  Odd-numbered addresses may water Thursday and Sunday before 10:00 a.m. and after 4:00 p.m.

Everything you need to know about Level 2 Drought Response

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