The state of Georgia has given Coweta County permission to impose more stringent water use rules, including limiting residential outdoor watering and banning charity car washes.
The county asked to step up its drought response last week, as weeks of dry weather have dragged on. All of Georgia is experiencing dry conditions, with parts of the metro area in extreme drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
Coweta County is the first place in the state to implement a level 2 drought response. Last month, the city of Griffin got permission from the state to begin a level 1 response, which focuses on notifying the public about the drought.
Georgia’s level 2 rules limit residential landscape watering to two days a week, and prohibit non-commercial pressure washing and car washes, ornamental water uses such as fountains, and hosing down streets and sidewalks. The state’s variance allows Coweta to continue that level of drought response through the end of the year, though it can extend it if necessary.
Georgia last initiated drought response rules in September 2016. Water use restrictions during that drought stayed in effect for metro Atlanta through March 2018.