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Gwinnett County Water Restrictions

Dear Homeowners Association Member:

Gwinnett County Government kindly asks for your assistance in spreading the word about the water usage restrictions that have been updated as of June 2, 2010, and are effective until further notice.  

Please help us inform your neighbors by sharing the article included below through your homeowner association newsletter, website, and e-mails and by talking to your friends and family.

More information can be found on the Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources’ water conservation webpage.

Information for distribution to HOA members:

Changes in water usage for summer 2010 

The Georgia Water Stewardship Act signed by Governor Sonny Perdue went into effect June 2, 2010. The bill allows daily outdoor watering for purposes of planting, growing, managing, or maintaining ground cover, trees, shrubs, or other plants from 4:00pm – 10:00am.

All other outdoor water usage (e.g., washing cars, pressure washing) is to follow the watering schedule based on street address shown below:








Even addresses

Odd addresses

Even addresses

Odd addresses

No other outdoor water usage is permitted

Even addresses

Odd addresses

Frequently asked questions about outdoor water use:

I heard I can water my yard every day. Is that true?

Yes. Citizens in Georgia can now water any day of the week, regardless of your address, between 4:00pm and 10:00am.

Can I also wash my car or pressure wash my house any day?

No. The new state law only relates to landscape uses—the odd/even schedule remains in place for all other outdoor uses.

Are parks included in the new schedule?

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

If I put in new landscape, do I have to water between 4:00pm and 10:00am?

No. Newly installed landscape is also exempt from the hourly restrictions for the first 30 days following installation.

What about drip irrigation?

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

What exemptions exist to the new hourly restrictions?

• Commercial agriculture

• Alternative sources of water (grey water, rain water, condensate, etc.)

• Irrigation of food gardens

• Irrigation of newly installed or reseeded turf for the first 30 days following installation

• 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

• Hydro seeding

Are professional pressure washers hired to wash my house subject to restrictions based on my address?

No. Commercial businesses are exempt from day of the week restrictions.

Can I have a charity car wash on any day regardless of the address?

No. Unfortunately, charity car washes, like at home car washes, are subject to the odd/even schedule. This is determined by the address of the facility hosting the car wash. Partnering with a professional car wash is exempt from the odd/even schedule due to the company's professional exemption.

For more information on exemptions and forms to submit violations, visit the Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources’ water conservation webpage through www.gwinnettcounty.com.

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