March 7, 2017
CONTACT: Lindsey Wiles
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- Use of water withdrawn from private water wells or surface water by an owner or operator of property if such well or surface water is on said property;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;
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.