New Watering Ban in Georgia

Over the weekend it was reported that wildfires have forced more than 1,000 people from their homes and destroyed 14 houses as fires spread over more than 45 square miles southeast Georgia. The drought has become severe in northwest and south Georgia and moderate in much of the rest of the state according to the state climatologist. In many areas of Georgia they are between 10 and 15 inches or more behind the amount of rainfall they normally would have received by this time of year.

Since June, the state has already prohibited watering between ten am and four pm and required residents to water only every other day. Environmental Protection Division Director Carol Couch says the new ban will prevent lawn watering also between four pm and midnight.

So, basically you only be allowed to water from midnight to ten am.

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2 Comments

  1. Robert, Please consider doing a spot on Plant Vogtle’s Savannah River water use, it withdraws 68,670,000 gallons per day,– more than 60 percent is lost as steam. The new plants being proposed there aren’t much better. I have a copy of paper below I can send you with more data: CLIMATE CHANGE IMPLICATIONS FOR GEORGIA’S WATER RESOURCES AND ENERGY FUTURESara Barczak(1) and C. Ronald Carroll(2)AUTHORS: (1)Safe Energy Director, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE), 428 Bull Street, Suite 201, Savannah, GA 31401, (2) Professor and Director-Science River Basin Science and Policy Center, Institute of Ecology, Ecology Bldg., The University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602-2202.REFERENCE: Proceedings of the 2007 Georgia Water Resources Conference, held March 27-29, 2007, at the University of Georgia.

  2. Thanks for the comment. We actually think alike.Actually I already devoted a blog post about this on March 27 and cited Sara Barczak’s paper. I thought this was really interesting when I heard it also at the conference. Thanks again for reading my blog!

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