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In Douglas County, Georgia, "Landscape watering now may take place any day of the week, but is prohibited between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.," said Barbara Williams, spokesperson for Douglasville-Douglas County Water and Sewer Authority (WSA).

The new Georgia Water Stewardship Act, signed into law June 1 by Governor Sonny Perdue, will bring only a slight change in Douglas County watering restrictions.

“This slight change applies only to landscape watering,” said Barbara Williams, spokesperson for Douglasville-Douglas County Water and Sewer Authority (WSA). All other outdoor water restrictions remain the same,'' Williams said.

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She said the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) determined June 10, 2009, that the state was no longer in a drought situation.

“Outdoor water use restrictions were lifted, limiting consumers only to the odd-even schedule,” Williams said. “Odd-numbered addresses may water on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, while even and unnumbered addresses may water on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Watering can occur at any time on these assigned days.” She added, “Even with the recent rains, we’re still encouraging our customers to conserve water whenever and wherever possible.”

The new water act includes statewide incentives for increasing water stewardship and new conservation requirements.

Beginning in July 2012, all new residences and commercial construction must have water efficient fixtures and installation of efficient cooling towers in industrial construction.

For all new residential and commercial multi-unit projects, the law requires sub-metering so that each unit will receive consumption reports and have incentive to practice conservation measures.

“The Water Stewardship Act is the next step forward as we continue building a statewide culture of conservation,” Perdue said at the bill signing ceremony. “This legislation helps secure our water supplies by preparing for future growth, protecting our water sensitive industries and equipping us to navigate future droughts that are sure to come.”

The legislation was based on recommendations from the Governor’s Water Contingency Task Force, a group of business, civic, government and environmental leaders who met last fall.

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January 26, 2020, 1:52 pm PDT

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