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Georgia EPD To Revise Watering Restrictions for 144 Counties; Metro Area Outdoor Water Restrictions Remain in Place.

ATLANTA, July 10 /PRNewswire/ --

The Environmental Protection Division announced today that water use restrictions outside the 15-county metro Atlanta area will be relaxed effective July 13, 2001. Water use restrictions for the metro Atlanta area, however, will remain unchanged.

In 144 counties EPD is removing the 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. restrictions on outdoor water use. The odd/even restrictions will remain in place. This means that even-numbered home and business addresses may use water for non- essential outdoor purposes at any time on even-numbered calendar days. Odd- numbered home and business addresses may use water for non-essential outdoor purposes at any time on odd-numbered calendar days.

Even-numbered addresses may not use water for non-essential outdoor purposes on odd calendar days, and odd-numbered addresses may not use water for non-essential outdoor purposes on even-numbered calendar days. Local water utilities may elect to maintain existing restrictions or tighten these restrictions if they feel it is necessary to preserve their water supplies. Local water utilities do not need permission from EPD to tighten restrictions.

"Recent rainfall and everyone's efforts to conserve water have helped us move away from immediate threats to our water supply in most of the state," said Harold Reheis. "Full recovery of all our water supply sources, however, is expected to take awhile longer. We continue to record below average stream flows in many locations around Georgia, and low levels in several of our groundwater sources continue to be a major concern. Therefore, we cannot lift restrictions entirely in the 144-county area, and we must maintain the current outdoor water use restrictions in the 15-county metro Atlanta area for the near-term."

Lake Lanier, the primary source of drinking water for the metro Atlanta area, remains 8 feet below full pool. While rainfall has been plentiful in many regions, it has not been consistently above average for the metro area. "Lake Lanier has not recovered sufficiently to enable us to relax outdoor water use restrictions for the metro region," said Reheis. "In addition, we traditionally experience peak outdoor water use during the summer months, and we are not yet at the halfway point for summer. We will continue to monitor water supply as well as stream flows and lake levels and revisit outdoor water restrictions again in August."

The outdoor water use restrictions are as follows:

In the 15-County Metro Area: No Change. (Bartow, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb,

Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry,

Paulding, and Rockdale.)

* Outdoor water use (watering lawns, shrubs, gardens, washing cars, etc.)

is not allowed from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. If your home or business has an

even-numbered street address, you may water for outdoor purposes on

even-numbered calendar days except during the hours of the water

restrictions. Water restriction times may vary from county to county.

* If your home or business has an odd-numbered street address, you may

water for outdoor purposes on odd-numbered calendar days except during

the hours of the water restrictions. Water restriction times may vary

from county to county.

* An even-numbered street address may not use water for any outdoor

watering on an odd-numbered calendar day. Likewise, an odd-numbered

street address may not use water for any outdoor watering on an

even-numbered calendar day.

* Local water utilities may tighten the restrictions if necessary.

The Statewide Water Use Restrictions:

The state's remaining 144 counties are under Odd-Even Outdoor Watering

Restrictions.

* Even-numbered home and business addresses can water at any time on

even-numbered calendar days. Odd-numbered home and business addresses

can water at any time on odd-numbered calendar days.

* Even-numbered addresses may not use water for any outdoor watering on

odd calendar days and odd-numbered addresses may not use water for any

outdoor watering on even calendar days.

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