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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:
 


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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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