A Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Water Conservation

Please note: On June 24, 2015, the DNR Board adopted Drought Management Rules that replaced former rule provisions relating to outdoor water use as well as the 2003 Drought Management Plan.  The Drought Management Rules, Chapter 391-3-30, require specific drought response strategies during specified levels of declared drought that may limit or restrict some of the outdoor water uses discussed below. 

Click here to read the Rules for Drought Management

Drought Indicators Reports

Pursuant to the Rules for Drought Management, Section 391-3-30-.04, Drought Indicators and Triggers, the Director of EPD monitors climatic indicators and water supply conditions to assess drought occurrence and severity, and its impact upon the ability of public water systems to provide adequate supplies of water.  The Rules require EPD to report on current climatic indicators at least semi-annually, and as frequently as monthly when any part of the state has experienced at least two consecutive months of severe drought.  The Reports are in Microsoft Power Point and are best viewed in slideshow mode.

EPD News

News Release: Georgia EPD Elevates Drought Response Levels, Further Restricts Outdoor Water Use - Nov.17, 2016

Revised Map of Counties Affected By Level 1 and Level 2 Drought Responses - Nov.17, 2016

  • Click here for Drought Response Level 1 outdoor water use schedules, restrictions and allowable uses effective in the following Georgia counties: Baker, Baldwin, Bibb, Bleckley, Calhoun, Chattahoochee, Clay, Columbia, Crawford, Crisp, Decatur, Dooly, Dougherty, Early, Elbert, Franklin, Glascock, Greene, Hancock, Hart, Houston, Jasper, Jefferson, Jones, Laurens, Lee, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, Marion, McDuffie, Miller, Mitchell, Muscogee, Oglethorpe, Peach, Pulaski, Putnam, Quitman, Rabun, Randolph, Richmond, Schley, Seminole, Stephens, Stewart, Sumter, Talbot, Taliaferro, Taylor, Terrell, Towns, Twiggs, Warren, Washington, Webster, Wilkes and Wilkinson.
  • Click here for Drought Response Level 2 outdoor water use schedules, restrictions, and allowable uses effective in the following Georgia counties: Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Butts, Carroll, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Athens-Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, Dade, Dawson, Dekalb, Douglas, Fannin, Fayette, Floyd, Forsyth, Fulton, Gilmer, Gordon, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Haralson, Harris, Heard, Henry, Jackson, Lamar, Lumpkin, Meriwether, Monroe, Morgan, Murray, Newton, Oconee, Paulding, Pickens, Pike, Polk, Rockdale, Spalding, Troup, Union, Upson, Walker, Walton, White and Whitfield.
  • If your county is not listed, you should follow the non-drought schedule for outdoor water use according to the Georgia Water Stewardship Act.  Click here for more information on the non-drought schedule. 

Monthly Reporting Form

EPD requires public water systems that are currently at a drought response level 2 or above to complete and submit this form monthly:

Variances From State Outdoor Water Use Schedules

Public water systems may not impose restrictions on outdoor watering that are different from the state requirements unless they obtain a variance from the EPD.  Public water systems who want to impose outdoor water use restrictions more or less stringent than the state requirements may apply for a variance from the state’s current drought response using the documents below.  A water system must be able to demonstrate “good cause” and EPD is required to act upon that request within 5 business days.

Current Variances:

Variance Information:

Water Conservation Information

Please click on the links to learn more about drought and outdoor water use:

Water Stewardship Act

Drought Information from the National Weather Service

U.S. Drought Monitor