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County still in Level 2 drought response

Despite the recent rainfall, Gwinnett County remains in the Level 2 Drought Response that was declared in November. Lake Lanier is a large reservoir, fed by smaller streams that have been slow to recover from the drought. As a result, Lake Lanier has been slow to refill and is currently 10 feet below full pool.

The drought response declared by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division put in place a number of outdoor watering restrictions for washing streets, sidewalks, and driveways; decorative uses, such as fountains and waterfalls; non-commercial pressure washing; fundraising car washes; and non-commercial washing of vehicles.

For planting, growing, managing, or maintaining groundcover, 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) and sites with no numbered address may only water on Wednesdays and Saturdays before 10:00am and after 4:00pm.
  • Odd-numbered addresses (those ending in 1, 3, 5, 7, or 9) may only water on Thursdays and Sundays before 10:00am and after 4:00pm.

Water Resources encourages residents to make water conservation a priority. Individual actions can collectively add up to big water savings. Ways to save water include:

  • Check and repair leaks inside and outside the home.
  • Shorten showers and turn off water when shaving or brushing teeth.
  • Fill dishwashers and washing machines, making sure there is a full load every time.
  • Replace older toilets and shower heads with high0efficiency models. If your home was built before 1993, you may qualify for a toilet rebate.
  • Choose efficient appliances. Look for EPA WaterSense and ENERGY STAR labeled products when shopping for new appliances and fixtures.

Water Resources also provides leak detection and low-flow home retrofit kits to help residents conserve water. Both kits are available at the Customer Care counter located at 684 Winder Highway in Lawrenceville during normal business hours.

For more information, including conservation tips and frequently asked questions about watering restrictions, visit