Water Restrictions

As part of our water management services in North Georgia all water systems owned or operated by American Water Services, Inc are under the following water restrictions as mandated by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.

The following restrictions are directly from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources website.

The State of Georgia has declared a Level 1 Drought Response for Water Conservation.

Effective October 18, 2019

Drought Response Level 1 requires that water utilities provide a public information campaign to help citizens better understand drought, its impact on water supplies and the need for water conservation.

These outdoor water uses are allowed during Drought Response Level 1:

Daily watering is allowed between 4 pm and 10 am to plant, grow, manage and maintain lawns and turf, ground cover, flowers, shrubs, trees and other plants, using these methods of application:

  •  Automated irrigation systems
  •  Hand watering (without a shut-off nozzle)
  •  Lawn sprinklers​​

During installation and for the first 30 days after installation, newly planted/installed lawns and turf, ground cover, flowers, shrubs, trees and other plants can be watered any day, at any time without restriction.

Daily water use is allowed any day, at any time, for these applications, without restriction:

  • Drip irrigation or soaker hose
  • Food gardens
  • Hand watering (with a shut-off nozzle)
  • Installation and maintenance of an irrigation system
  • Irrigation of public recreational turf areas
  • Water from private wells and bodies of water on property
  •  Water from an alternate source (grey water, rain water, air-conditioner condensate)

For more information see GA EPD’s website at


Please be good stewards of your water resources. Keep these options in mind when using water:

  • Reduce shower times
  • Turn the water off while shaving or brushing your teeth
  • Check toilets or faucets for leaks or drips
  • Do only full loads in the dishwasher or washing machine

*Drought Response Level 1
is in effect in these Georgia counties:

Appling, Athens-Clarke, Bacon, Baldwin, Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Bibb, Bleckley, Brooks, Bryan, Bulloch, Burke, Butts, Carroll, Charlton, Chatham, Cherokee, Clayton, Clinch, Cobb, Coweta, Crawford, Crisp, Dawson, Decatur, Dekalb, Dooly, Douglas, Echols, Effingham, Fannin, Fayette, Forsyth, Franklin, Fulton, Gilmer, Gordon, Grady, Greene, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Hancock, Haralson, Harris, Heard, Henry, Houston, Jackson, Jasper, Jenkins, Johnson, Jones, Lamar, Laurens, Lee, Liberty, Long, Lowndes, Lumpkin, Macon, Marion, McIntosh, Meriwether, Monroe, Morgan, Murray, Newton, Oconee, Paulding, Peach, Pickens, Pierce, Pike, Polk, Pulaski, Putnam, Rabun, Rockdale, Schley, Screven, Seminole, Spalding, Stephens, Sumter, Talbot, Taylor, Thomas, Tift, Towns, Troop, Turner, Twiggs, Union, Upson, Walton, Ware, Washington, Wayne, White, Wilkinson and Worth counties.