City Highlights

Posted on: March 7, 2017

REMINDER: City of Marietta Residents Still Under Level 2 Drought Designation

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March 7, 2017

CONTACT: Lindsey Wiles

Communications Manager


MARIETTA – In November 2016, Governor Nathan Deal declared a Level 2 Drought Designation for the City of Marietta, Cobb County, and over fifty other counties.  This Level 2 Drought Designation is still in effect today.

During a Level 2 Drought Response, outdoor landscape watering is only allowed two days a week determined by odd and even-numbered addresses.  Even-numbered addresses and properties without numbered addresses may water on Wednesday and Saturday between 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. Odd-numbered addresses may water Thursday and Sunday between 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m.

Under a Level 2 Drought Response, the following outdoor water uses are allowed daily at any time of the day by anyone:

  • Commercial agricultural operations as defined in Code Section 1-3-3;
  • Capture and reuse of cooling system condensate or storm water in compliance with applicable local ordinances and state guidelines;
  • Reuse of gray water in compliance with Code Section 31-3-5.2 and applicable local board of health regulations adopted pursuant thereto;
  • Use of reclaimed waste water by a designated user from a system permitted by the Environmental Protection Division of the department to provide reclaimed waste water;
  • Irrigation of personal food gardens;
  • 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;
  • Drip irrigation or irrigation using soaker hoses;
  • Handwatering with a hose with automatic cutoff or handheld container;
  • Use of water withdrawn from private water wells or surface water by an owner or operator of property if such well or surface water is on said property;
  • Irrigation of horticultural crops held for sale, resale, or installation;
  • Irrigation of athletic fields, golf courses, or public turf grass recreational areas;
  • Installation, maintenance, or calibration of irrigation systems;
  • Hydroseeding

The following outdoor water uses are prohibited:

  • Washing hard surfaces such as streets and sidewalks,
  • Water for ornamental purposes such as fountains (the Marietta Square fountain)
  • The use of fire hydrants except for firefighting, public safety and flushing,
  • non-commercial vehicle washing including fundraising car washes,and non-commercial pressure washing.

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