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Outdoor Water Use Information
Please note: On June 24, 2015, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Board adopted Drought Management rules that replaced former rule provisions relating to outdoor water use as well as the 2003 Drought Management Plan.  The Drought Management rules require specific drought response strategies during specified levels of declared drought that may limit or restrict some of the outdoor water uses discussed below.  The Drought Management rules are available here.
Watering Schedule

On March 8, 2018, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division lifted the Drought Response Level 1 for Gwinnett and 11 other counties.  This means that the entire state is following the non-drought outdoor water use schedule.  Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources would like to remind residents of the non-drought watering schedule, as well as other ways to conserve water.

Watering Schedule

Gwinnett County follows the state’s year-round non-drought outdoor watering schedule, which allows landscape and lawn irrigation, before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m.  Click here for more information on Non-drought Outdoor Water Use. For questions regarding the outdoor watering schedule please email

Conserving Water

Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources encourages water conservation year round and provides information on our website to help residents conserve water.  Click here to visit our Conservation Page.

We offer water conservation workshops, and provide residents with home conservation and toilet leak detection kits. 

Our Water on Wheels initiative is an in-classroom program that travels to Gwinnett County schools.  Students participate in engaging hands-on lessons that teach the importance of water conservation and foster attitudes that will inspire life-long water efficient behaviors.  Teachers are invited to email to have Water on Wheels visit your classroom.

Water Science with Wade is our professionally produced video series for 3rd, 4th and 6th graders. The videos use humor, animated graphics and live action to engage students and teach the importance of protecting and conserving our water resources.  Click here to view the videos.

More information is available from the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District, the My Drop Counts website and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.

Exemptions From Outdoor Watering Restrictions
  • Commercial agricultural operations as defined in Code Section 1-3-3;
  • Capture and reuse of cooling system condensate or storm water in compliance with applicable local ordinances and state guidelines;
  • Reuse of gray water in compliance with Code Section 31-3-5.2 and applicable local board of health regulations adopted pursuant thereto;
  • Use of reclaimed waste water by a designated user from a system permitted by the Environmental Protection Division of the department to provide reclaimed waste water;
  • Irrigation of personal food gardens;
  • Irrigation of new and replanted plant, seed, or turf in landscapes, golf courses, or sports turf fields during installation and for a period of 30 days immediately following the date of installation;
  • Drip irrigation or irrigation using soaker hoses;
  • Hand watering with a hose with automatic cutoff or handheld container;
  • Use of water withdrawn from private water wells or surface water by an owner or operator of property if such well or surface water is on said property;
  • Irrigation of horticultural crops held for sale, resale, or installation;
  • Irrigation of athletic fields, golf courses, or public turf grass recreational areas;
  • Installation, maintenance, or calibration of irrigation systems; or
  • Hydro seeding.