Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Cobb County Watering Restrictions

Area weather has turned from cool and wet to warmer and drier, which means newly planted gardens and landscapes may need some additional water to help establish and maintain good root systems and healthy growth.

County watering restrictions currently in place allow the watering needed, but there are limits to other uses of water outdoors. The Cobb County Water System Outdoor Watering Restrictions webpage includes a brief description of the restrictions:
"You may water landscapes any day between the hours of 4PM and 10 AM. The odd /even schedule is currently still in place for other outdoor uses such as car washing or at home pressure washing. Even addresses may use water for purposes other than landscape watering on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, Odd addresses may use water on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays."

The page includes this bit of advice:
"Being allowed to water everyday does not mean you should. Over watering is a primary killer of plants in Atlanta."
For clarification, the Water System's Outdoor Water Use Quick Guide spells out the rules. For example, lawn watering with sprinklers or a timed irrigation system is allowed between 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. on any day, but newly planted turf may be watered at any time of day, every day, for 30 days after installation. The odd/even schedule mostly relates to non-plant uses of outdoor water, such as washing driveways, cars, and decks.

To see the full list of rules, visit the Quick Guide page, and for activities not covered in the Quick Guide, call 770-419-6244.