Outdoor watering banned by state

Sun, 09/30/2007 - 8:55pm
By: The Citizen

Fayette, Coweta and South Fulton residents have been ordered to drop almost all residential outdoor watering as the state continues to reel from drought conditions.

So forget watering the lawn or washing your car ... that is unless you hit a local car wash, as they are allowed to remain open under rules of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.
Residents may also continue to water personal food gardens and use reclaimed wastewater, captured stormwater or water collected from cooling systems such as home air conditioners.

The rules apply to the counties in the northern third of the state, the EPD announced.

The watering ban does not apply to a number of businesses that use significant amounts of water, including car washes, professionally certified or licensed landscapers during the installation and 30 days prior of new landscaping.

Also exempt are fruit and vegetable growers, retail garden centers, construction sites, hydro-seeding and power-washing businesses and producers of food and fiber.

The EPD also allows golf courses to have limited watering of certain areas such as greens unless the course uses reclaimed wastewater, as does Peachtree City’s Planterra Ridge Golf Club.

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Submitted by LivedHereForever on Wed, 10/03/2007 - 2:24pm.

At least now I have an excuse for my yard looking like crap. Can they ban lawn mowers too? That would be great.

Submitted by skyspy on Sun, 09/30/2007 - 10:55pm.

So, let's see if I have this right:

We are so short of water that only the carwashes (who use tons of water)can operate.

The golf courses (precious golf) yes we can't live without golf. It's life and death isn't it??.

The "professional" landscapers not to be confused with the amateur homeowners planting daisies, they can use water.

How about people filling up swimming pools, is that still allowed?

How many more cluster homes, high-rise condos, and apartments are we going to add to this region?? Is this truely such and emergency that we would declare a building moratorium?
Yeah, I didn't think so.

So all the "buisness" people get a freebie and the home owner get the shaft?! Ok I understand now.

If this were an actual emergency we would have a complete ban or moratorium on building.
We don't have water for the people that are already here,.....duuuhhhh.
We also wouldn't be giving a little wink and a nod to golfers and people with swimming pools. Golfing and swimming is one form of recreation, and gardening is another.

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Submitted by rzz on Mon, 10/01/2007 - 9:01am.

I just bought and planted two dwarf burning bushes and a jasmine plant from Pike's over the weekend plus I've got lots of other plants I planted in the Spring. I've been trying to reduce the size of my lawn using plants and other landscaping so I've never watered my lawn but I'd hate to see my plants die.

However, I've been doing some reading on the internet and it seems used bathwater and shower water are legal to use (here anyway) and are actually beneficial to the plants if used quickly before any bacteria can grow and if not used on plants to be eaten.

So, I'm going to start collecting some shower water and that should be enough to keep my plants going. I also found a nice rain barrel on the net but I think that would require rain so maybe I'll wait on that.

Anyone have any other gardening tips using recycled water and such?

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