Charity car washes, other water-related activities banned under drought restrictions

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt November 17, 2016
A dripping faucet. Photo by Danny Steaven. Source: Wikimedia commons

A dripping faucet. Photo by Danny Steaven. Source: Wikimedia commons

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division has just announced Level 2 drought restrictions for 52 counties, including DeKalb.

That means there are a whole range of activities that are prohibited until the restrictions are lifted.

According to the county, the following activities are prohibited:

1.    Washing hard surfaces such as streets, gutters, sidewalks and driveways, except when necessary for public health and safety.

2.    Using water for ornamental purposes, such as fountains, reflecting pools and waterfalls.

3.    Use of fire hydrants, except for the purposes of firefighting, public health, safety or flushing.

4.    Washing vehicles, such as cars, boats, trailers, motorbikes, airplanes or golf carts.

5.    Non-commercial washing, or pressure washing, of buildings or structures, except for immediate fire protection.

6.    Charity or non-commercial fundraiser car washes.

Residents are also going to move to an even-odd schedule for watering plants and yards.

The county says, “Even numbered addresses and sites without numbered addresses may irrigate on Wednesdays and Saturdays before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m.  Odd numbered addresses may irrigate on Thursdays and Sundays before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m.  No outdoor watering is allowed between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.”

The county says the following practices are still allowed under the restrictions:

1.    Commercial agricultural operations as defined in Code Section 1-3-3.

2.    Capture and reuse of cooling system condensate or stormwater in compliance with applicable local ordinances and state guidelines.

3.    Reuse of gray water in compliance with Code Section 31-3-5.2 and applicable local board of health regulations adopted pursuant thereto.

4.    Use of reclaimed wastewater by a designated user from a system permitted by the Environmental Protection Division of the department to provide reclaimed waste water.

5.    Irrigation of personal food gardens.

6.    Irrigation of new and replanted plant, seed or turf in landscapes, golf courses, or sports turf fields during installation and for a period of 30 days immediately following the date of installation.

7.    Drip irrigation or irrigation using soaker hoses.

8.    Hand-watering with a hose with automatic cutoff or handheld container.

9.    Use of water withdrawn from private water wells or surface water by an owner or operator of property if such well or surface water is on said property.

10.  Irrigation of horticultural crops held for sale, resale or installation.

11.  Irrigation of athletic fields, golf courses or public turf grass recreational areas.

12.  Installation, maintenance or calibration of irrigation systems.

13.  Hydroseeding.

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