ATTENTION

Extreme fire danger caused by ongoing drought has prompted a temporary ban on the following: all outdoor burning; smoking, grilling, and campfires in all County-operated parks; and fireworks usage.
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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 November 17, 2016, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division declared a Level 2 drought response for 52 Georgia counties, including Gwinnett.  In response to this declaration, Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources would like to remind residents of current watering restrictions, as well as other ways to conserve water.

Outdoor Water Use Restrictions

For planting, growing, managing or maintaining ground cover, trees or shrubs, watering with an irrigation or sprinkler system is allowed on the following schedule:

  • Even numbered addresses (those ending in 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8) may only water on Wednesday and Saturday, before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m.
  • Odd numbered addresses (those ending in 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9) may only water on Thursday and Sunday, before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m.

For washing vehicles, homes, driveways and other structures:
  • Personal use of water to wash vehicles or pressure wash structures is not allowed.
  • Commercial car washes and pressure washing businesses are allowed to operate as usual.

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about the current guidelines for Outdoor Water Use.

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

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.


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.

For more information concerning outdoor water use:

Frequently Asked Questions about Outdoor Water Use

If you have any questions regarding Watering Restriction, please contact us at dwrconserve@gwinnettcounty.com.


Water Conservation Resources
Please visit the water conservation pages of our website to learn how to increase your water efficiency and save money on your water bill. More information is available from the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District, the My Drop Counts websiteand the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.