2007-09-14

Serious watering restrictions: $1,000 fine for watering anything

Effective Monday, September 17, 2007, Athens-Clarke County will implement Level Four Drought Restrictions, which prohibit all outdoor water use 7 days a week, 24 hours a day as part of Step E in the ACC Drought/Water Shortage Management Plan. The restrictions affect all residential, commercial, governmental and institutional customers of the ACC Public Utilities Department’s public water supply system and include prohibitions on drip irrigation, car washes, and pressure washing, among other activities.

Violators of the outdoor watering ban may receive a surcharge of $1000.00 added to their water bill and/or termination of water service.

These Step E restrictions also affect commercial and industrial outdoor use of water critical to the conduct of business such as commercial car washes, tree farms, golf courses, and garden supply nurseries. Some commercial and industrial uses are eligible for Special Outdoor Water Use Permits from the Water Conservation Office if plans include reduction strategies.

Further information, including the full Drought/Water Shortage Management Plan (Chapter 5-3 Article 6 of the ACC Code of Ordinances), may be obtained at the Athens-Clarke County Web site at www.athensclarkecounty.com or through the ACC Public Utilities Department (706-613-3470) or ACC Public Utilities Water Conservation Office (706-613-3729). For ideas on how to conserve water at home and in the workplace, visit the State of Georgia’s website at www.conservewatergeorgia.net.

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