City of Cumming & Forsyth County Remain Under Drought Conditions

 

City of Cumming & Forsyth County Remain Under Drought Conditions
Currently Level 2, may move to Level 3 this summer

CUMMING, Ga. – Despite some recent rainfall, the City of Cumming and Forsyth County remain under drought conditions. Currently, the area is under a Level 2 Drought Response category issued by the Environmental Protection Division, but could move into a Level 3 Drought category this summer.

“Since we have experienced unusually low rainfall amounts for many months, including this past fall and winter when we typically have higher levels of precipitation, we are seeing the effects of those low levels now with drought conditions,” said Jon Heard, Director of Cumming Utilities.

As part of the Level 2 Drought category, the EPD has enacted certain watering regulations for our area along with most of Metro Atlanta. These include:

⦁ Limiting outdoor watering to only two days a week on the following schedule – Sundays and Thursdays for odd-numbered addresses; and Wednesdays and Saturdays for even addresses and sites with no numbered address.
⦁ Outdoor watering is only allowed before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. on those days.
⦁ No washing of streets, gutters, sidewalks and driveways.
⦁ No ornamental uses, such as fountains and waterfalls.
⦁ No non-commercial washing or pressure-washing.
⦁ No charity, or non-commercial fundraiser, car washes.
⦁ The following ARE allowed under the restrictions: Irrigation of personal food gardens; irrigation of new and replanted seed, turf or plants for a period of 30 days following installation; watering with drip irrigation or soaker hoses; hand watering, including hoses with shut-off nozzles.

Heard reminded residents that it is important to be aware of these regulations and to actively follow them in order to protect the water resources of Lake Lanier and surrounding creeks and streams throughout Cumming and Forsyth County.

“If everyone follows these guidelines and seeks out other ways to actively conserve water on a regular basis, we will be in a much better position going into the always hot and dry months of summer,” he said.
Some other ways to conserve water include:

⦁ Checking and repairing any leaks inside or outside the home.
⦁ Shortening showers and turning off water when shaving or brushing teeth.
⦁ Filling dishwashers and washing machines – make sure there is a full load every time.
⦁ Replacing older toilets and shower heads with high-efficiency models. (If your home was built before 1994, you may quality for a toilet rebate. Contact Cumming Utilities at (770) 781-2020 for more information on how to receive a toilet rebate.)
⦁ Choose efficient appliances – look for EPA WaterSense and ENERGY STAR labeled products when shopping for new appliances and fixtures.
For more information about water conservation and the current drought conditions, visit

http://www.cummingutilities.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/StateDroughtResponse_Metro_Water_District_Fact_Sheet_Feb_2017_v5.pdf.