Drought Conditions Expand In Central And South Georgia

FILE – In this June 5, 2015, file photo, Tony Corcoran records sprinklers watering the lawn in front of a house in Beverly Hills, Calif. In the coming months, state officials will undertake a monumental task of rewriting conservation orders for a fifth year of drought. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

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Drought conditions in south and central Georgia are expanding, according to the weekly update of the U.S. Drought Monitor. Now nearly three-quarters of the state is experiencing some level of drought.

All of north Georgia, including the Atlanta area, is already in either severe or extreme drought. Those designations are not the most serious; that would be “exceptional drought,” and no place in the state has reached that category.

Drought conditions here are all short-term, so far.

The decision to officially declare that we’re in a drought is up to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. It hasn’t done so yet. That designation could trigger water-use restrictions.

Georgia always forbids watering lawns during the hottest times of day. That law is in place, with or without a drought declaration.