DeKalb County, GA, September 15, 2016 – The Post Reports – A Wednesday News Release says DeKalb County is urging residents to conserve water as many metro area areas are in a Level 1 drought and unusually dry conditions are likely to continue.
On September 9th, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) declared a Level 1 Drought Response in 53 counties, including DeKalb, because of persistent dry conditions. State Climatologist, Bill Murphey notes, “North Georgia has had a hot, dry summer and the fall season is historically a dry time of the year. Current drought conditions are likely to continue through the fall season, although tropical activity and rain-producing systems can provide beneficial rainfall.”
The DeKalb Department of Watershed Management is urging residents to follow these watering restrictions set forth by the Georgia EPD, which states that outdoor watering should be limited to the hours between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. to avoid the hottest part of the day when more evaporation occurs. There are several exceptions, such as new plantings, listed at http://epd.georgia.gov/water-conservation.
In addition, DeKalb County is encouraging residents to conduct a modified outdoor watering according to the odd/even schedule:
- Odd-numbered addresses to irrigate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
- Even-numbered and unnumbered addresses to irrigate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
“DeKalb County supports the efforts of the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District and Georgia Environmental Protection Division in conserving our precious resource of water,” stated Department of Watershed Director Scott Towler in the release.
Additionally, DeKalb County offers these tips to residents for saving water:
- Use a rain gauge to determine how much rain has occurred over the week before watering outdoor plants. Most outdoor plants need an inch of water per week.
- Water lawns and plants in several short sessions instead of one long session. This reduces runoff and allows water to infiltrate into soil and plant roots.
- Water lawns only when needed. If the blades of grass don’t bounce back after walking across the lawn, it is time to water. (More plants die from over watering than under watering.)
- Water lawns and plants in the early morning and late evening.
- Check for water leaks inside and outside and repair when found.
- Shorten showers and turn off water when shaving or brushing teeth.
- Fill dishwashers and washing machines to ensure there is a full load every time.
- Sweep hard surfaces such as streets, sidewalks and driveways instead of washing.
“We are asking DeKalb County residents and business to proactively address these drought conditions by doing everything they can to conserve water,” said DeKalb Interim CEO Lee May in the release.
For more information on the latest drought status, go to www.northgeorgiawater.org and click on “Latest Water Stats.”
For additional conservation tips, visit www.mydropcounts.org.
Throughout the duration of the Level 1 Drought Response, DeKalb says they will be sending out regular updates on the status of the drought and water conservation information via mainstream and social media channels.