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Outdoor Watering Restrictions

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Christine Rubel 
Water Efficiency Program Specialist 
(770) 419-6374 
Email: [email protected]

Cobb County Water Efficiency 
660 South Cobb Drive 
Marietta, GA 30060

Water Waste Reporting
(770) 419-6278 OR Email

Current Outdoor Watering Rules

On March 8, 2018, The Director of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division lifted the Drought Level 1 declaration. Outdoor irrigation is permitted 7 days a week before 10 AM and after 4 PM.

For more information or further clarification please review the frequently asked questions.

We encourage customers to conserve our water resources. Information on indoor and outdoor water conservation can be found on the Water Efficiency Program pages. Cobb County Water System has free conservation kits and comprehensive education resources on how to use water efficiently indoors and outdoors.

Water Waste Reporting

We hope all citizens follow the watering schedule currently in place allowing irrigation daily between 4PM-10AM. Cobb County Water System also wants to encourage citizens to utilize that water efficiently and alert us to water waste.

Examples of Water Waste

We hope all citizens to follow the watering schedule permanently in place during non-drought. Cobb County Water System also wants to encourage citizens to utilize that water efficiently and alert us to water waste.

Examples of Water Waste

  • Visible leak running without repair
  • Allowing a hose to run unattended without a shutoff nozzle
  • Misdirected sprinklers watering pavement and impermeable objects
  • Broken or missing sprinkler heads causing excessive runoff

If citizens want to find out more about outdoor watering rules and best practices or alert our water efficiency team to water waste please contact [email protected] or call 770-419-6278.

Water waste and violations of current watering restrictions are subject to the following penalties.

  • First violation – written warning
  • Second Violation - $100.00 fine
  • Third Violation - $250.00 fine
  • Fourth and subsequent violations - $500.00 and possible service disconnection

Thank you for your community support and cooperation as we promote continued wise and conservative water use.

Outdoor Watering Restriction FAQs

I heard the drought level changed. Can I still water every day?

Yes. On March 8, 2018, The Director of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division lifted the Drought Level 1 declaration. Outdoor irrigation is permitted 7 days a week before 10 AM and after 4 PM.

Can I still wash my car or pressure wash my house any day too?

Yes. There are no restrictions on car washing or pressure washing during non-drought or Level 1.

 

If I don’t have an automated sprinkler do I have to water with a hose before 10 AM or after 4 PM?

No. The new rules allow hand watering with a shut-off nozzle any time of the day any day of the week.

What if I have a little league game scheduled and we need to water the field to cool it down at 2 PM?

Sports fields and parks are exempt from the hourly restrictions. These areas may be watered any time any day of the week.

What about drip irrigation?

Drip irrigation is completely exempt from the outdoor rules it may be used any day or anytime.

What exemptions exist to non-drought or Level I restrictions?
  • Commercial Agriculture.
  • Alternative sources of water (grey water, rainwater, condensate, etc.)
  • Irrigation of food gardens
  • Irrigation of newly installed or reseeded turf for the first 30 days.
  • Drip irrigation or soaker hoses.
  • Hand watering with a shut-off nozzle.
  • Water from a private well.
  • Irrigation of plants for sale.
  • Irrigation of athletic fields, golf courses or public recreational turf.
  • Installation and maintenance of irrigation systems.
  • Hydroseeding.
Can I have a charity car wash?

Yes. There are no restrictions on car washes in non-drought or a Level I Drought Response.

Can I run the fountains at my property?

Yes. There are no restrictions on fountains in non-drought or a Level I Drought Response.

Use the step test to evaluate if your lawn needs to be watered:
  • Place your foot firmly on your turf area.
  • Watch how quickly the turf springs up to cover your footprint.
  • If the turf springs up immediately (a few seconds) your turf is probably not in need of watering.
  • If the footprint remains or the turf slowly rises to eventually cover it your turf is in need of a deep watering.
Visually Inspect plants to see if they require water before irrigating on your day.
  • Check plants in the early morning or late evening. Plants checked in the heat of the day will always appear to need water.

  • If the plant is wilting; yellow or grayish in appearance; has dried edges or browning, or loss of flowering the plant is probably in need of water.

For more information on proper plant and landscape maintenance please click here or call the Water Efficiency Office at 770-419-6374.