Current Water Restrictions

Sprinkler watering lawn

The Georgia Water Stewardship Act went into effect statewide on June 2, 2010. It allows daily outdoor watering for purposes of planting, growing, managing, or maintaining ground cover, trees, shrubs, or other plants only before 10 am and after 4 pm by anyone whose water is supplied by a water system permitted by the Environmental Protection Division.

Currently Gainesville water customers are in a non-drought state. It allows daily outdoor watering for purposes of planting, growing, managing, or maintaining ground cover, trees, shrubs, or other plants only before 10 am and after 4 pm by anyone whose water is supplied by a water system permitted by the Environmental Protection Division.

A few of the outdoor water uses are allowed daily at any time of the day by anyone:

  • Capture and reuse of cooling system condensate or storm water in compliance with applicable local ordinances and state guidelines
  • Irrigation of personal food gardens
  • Irrigation of new and replanted plant, seed, or turf in landscapes, golf courses, or sports turf fields during installation and for a period of 30 days immediately following the date of installation
  • Drip irrigation or irrigation using soaker hoses
  • Hand watering with a hose with automatic cutoff or handheld container
  • Irrigation of athletic fields, golf courses, or public turf grass recreational areas