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Want water at a restaurant? You’ll have to ask

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Want water at a restaurant? You’ll have to ask


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

The days of restaurants serving customers water as soon as they sit at the table are gone for now.

DeKalb County has instructed all restaurants to only serve water when customers request it due to the ongoing drought conditions.

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“The DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management … recently sent approximately 5,000 notifications to food service establishments … in DeKalb County to advise of required restrictions related to the current Level 2 drought,” a press release from the county says. “In November, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division declared a Level 2 drought in 52 Georgia counties including DeKalb.

“In response to the drought, all [restaurants] are instructed to serve water only to customers who request it.  To conform with state regulations, this requirement is in effect immediately as part of DeKalb County’s Drought Restrictions response and in conformance with Georgia Administrative Code Rule 301-3-30-.07 (05).”

The county is also recommending the following water conservation measures for restaurants:

– Check and repair leaks inside and outside the business.

– Fill dishwashers to capacity before running. Make sure there is a full load every time.

– Replace spray heads with high-efficiency models.

– Scrape dishes before washing them and avoid using garbage disposals. These practices prevent wasting water and can prevent pipe clogs from excessive fats, oils and grease.

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