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
The Georgia Water Stewardship Act of 2010 allows landscape and lawn irrigation every day of the week beginning at 4:00pm and ending at 10:00am.
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  • Use of water withdrawn from private water wells or surface water by an owner or operator of property if such well or surface water is on said property;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.

Outdoor water usage other than irrigation of plants

Outdoor water usage other than irrigation of plants is to follow the odd/even watering schedule:












No Other Outdoor Water Usage



For more information concerning outdoor water use:
Frequently Asked Questions about Outdoor Water Use
Water Conservation and Drought Restriction Ordinance – December 1, 2010
GA DNR EPD Outdoor Water Use Rules
Water Stewardship Act

If you have any questions regarding Watering Restriction, please contact us at dwrwaterbanquestions@gwinnettcounty.com or call 678-376-7100.

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. Additional information about water conservation in Georgia can be found on www.georgiadrought.org and gaswcc.georgia.gov.