The State of Georgia is under a non-drought schedule for outdoor water use.

Under a non-drought schedule, outdoor water use is allowed three days a week on assigned days using odd and even-numbered addresses.

Athens-Clarke County and the four counties of Upper Oconee Basin Water Authority are currently in a Level 1 drought.  These counties are:

  • Jackson County
  • Barrow County
  • Oconee County
  • Athens-Clarke County.

Outdoor Water Use Restrictions

Spray irrigation, lawn sprinkling, hand watering without an automatic shutoff are limited to 3 days a week. Those three days are determined by whether you address ends in an odd or even number.

  • Odd-numbered addresses can water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
  • Even-numbered and unnumbered addresses are allowed to water on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Water use may occur at any time of the day on the assigned days, but to be water efficient, landscape watering should not occur between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Visit Athens-Clarke County Outdoor Water Use Schedule to view the most current schedule.

Anytime / Any Day

The following are exempt outdoor water restrictions. They can be performed any time, any day.

  1. Drip irrigation and soaker hoses
  2. Hydroseeding
  3. Installation and maintenance of an irrigation system
  4. Irrigation of newly installed turf (for the first 30 days)
  5. Water from private source such as a well and water from alternative source such as grey water or rain water.

Watering Alternatives

There are several things we can each do to utilize water most effectively.  These include choosing native plants when possible and considering the specific conditions of the site when choosing your plants.

Installing an irrigation system can also greatly reduce your water usage, as can mulching your plantings.

Butler Landscapes is here to advise you on the best plants, irrigation and water management to ensure your lawn has a long and healthy life.

For more information, review the Georgia Environmental Protection Divisions recommendations for how we can each water wisely.