Drought Re­sponse Lev­els

The Covington News - - NEWS -

In the event of drought cir­cum­stances, the state has a three-tier drought con­tin­gency plan with dif­fer­ent re­sponse lev­els.

Level one has been im­ple­mented, and level two re­sponses are be­ing worked on by some wa­ter per­mit­ting agen­cies through­out the state, ac­cord­ing to Brown.

The state’s drought con­tin­gency plan is: Drought Re­sponse Level 1 Launce pub­lic in­for­ma­tion cam­paigns be im­ple­mented, in­clud­ing pub­lic no­tice re­gard­ing drought con­di­tions, and drought spe­cific public­ser­vice mes­sages Drought Re­sponse Level 2 Limit gen­eral out­door wa­ter­ing, in­clud­ing for plant­ing, grow­ing, man­ag­ing or main­tain­ing ground cover, trees, shrubs or other plants to two days a week on an odd-even sched­ule be­tween the hours of 4 p.m. and 10 a.m.

Also, the fol­low­ing pro­hib­ited: wash­ing hard sur­faces such as streets, gut­ters, side­walks and drive­ways, is ex­cept when nec­es­sary for pub­lic health and safety;

us­ing wa­ter for or­na­men­tal pur­poses such as foun­tains, re­flect­ing pools and wa­ter­falls;

use of fire hy­drants, ex­cept for the pur­poses of fire­fight­ing, pub­lic health, safety or flush­ing; wash­ing ve­hi­cles;

non-com­mer­cial wash­ing, or pres­sure wash­ing, of build­ings or struc­tures; char­ity, or non-com­mer­cial fundraiser, car washes.

Drought Re­sponse Level 3 Gen­eral out­door wa­ter­ing not per­mit­ted and only the fol­low­ing cat­e­gories of out­door wa­ter use al­lowed:

wa­ter­ing for per­sonal food gar­dens be­tween the hours of 4 p.m. and 10 a.m., un­less done with soaker hoses;

hand-wa­ter­ing with a hose be­tween the hours of 4 p.m. and 10 a.m.;

ir­ri­ga­tion of ath­letic fields or pub­lic turf grass recre­ational ar­eas be­tween the hours of 4 p.m. and 10 a.m.;

ir­ri­ga­tion of golf cour­ses be­tween the hour of 4 p.m. and 10 a.m.;

use of re­claimed waste wa­ter by a des­ig­nated user;

in­stal­la­tion, main­te­nance or cal­i­bra­tion of ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem is al­lowed pro­vided it is done by pro­fes­sional land­scap­ers or golf court su­per­in­ten­dents.

The state of Ge­or­gia will de­ter­mine when en­act­ing the dif­fer­ent drought re­sponse lev­els are re­quired.

Brown said he doesn’t know when or if an es­ca­la­tion in lev­els is nec­es­sary, but it is be­ing dis­cussed at the state level, who is as­sess­ing in­for­ma­tion from each wa­ter provider.

“Hope­fully by the next few weeks we’ll be get­ting data back,” Brown said.

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