Governor Sonny Perdue just signed the Georgia Water Stewardship Act into Law. There are many areas and industries affected, but most pertinent to Georgia gardeners are the new watering rules. Atlanta Region gardeners have become accustomed to varying levels and types of watering restrictions. The rest of the state, not so much. Here is the rundown for gardeners:
1. Individuals may water or irrigated vegetable, flower gardens, lawns, and landscape plants any day, EXCEPT between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm.
2. The odd/even watering schedule is no longer in effect.
3. Water reuse applications, such as collected rain water and recaptured "grey" water, are not subject to the 10am-4pm restriction.
4. There are certain commercial and professional watering exceptions.
That's the short of it, as it applies to homeowner gardeners.
- The whole law
- UGA list of best water management practices
- Info on the Water Wars
- Federal position on Georgia's right (or lack of) to Lake Lanier water
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