*New Outdoor Water Rules Are In Effect*

Earlier this week, Governor Sonny Perdue signed the Water Stewardship Act
into law. This means that we have a new set of outdoor water rules.

These rules include a conservation piece that does not allow for outdoor
irrigation between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. However, some forms
of efficient irrigation and uses critical to the industry are exempt from
this ban. A simple rule of thumb is this: you should avoid spray irrigation
between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. If they are hand-watering,
using drip irrigation or any of the other methods listed below, they can do
so with no hourly restrictions.

For production, retail and landscape installation applications, the
exemptions listed below give you the ability to conduct business also
without restrictions. As always, we should educate others and practice
ourselves Best Management Practices and to WATER SMART.

One final note of caution; many water providers across the state have not
officially adopted these new rules and EPD has not made an official rule
change. However, state law trumps any local rules and this new schedule
became the law of the land the minute it was signed. GGIA is here to assist
you should you have any problems with your water provider concerning the new
rules. Please let us know if you experience any difficulties.

 *Know When to Water!*

New rules for outdoor water use went into effect on June 1, 2010. The green
industry wants you to WATER SMART!

Outdoor landscape irrigation is now allowed 7 days per week between the
hours of 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m.

Outdoor irrigation is not allowed between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00
p.m. with the exception of the following uses:

   - 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 in-stallation
   -  Drip irrigation or irrigation using soaker hoses
   -  Hand-watering with a hose with automatic cutoff or handheld container
   -  Irrigation of horticultural crops held for sale, resale, or
   -  Use of water withdrawn from private water wells or surface water
   -  Irrigation of athletic fields, golf courses, or public turf grass
   recreational areas
   -  Installation, maintenance, or calibration of irrigation systems
   -  Hydro-seeding
   -  Commercial agricultural operations
   -  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
   -  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

Dr. Teri Hamlin
North Region Agriculture Education
Georgia Department of Education
204C Four Towers University of Georgia
Athens, Ga 30602
706-542-3679 / 706-540-0032
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