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The drought is officially over!

March 31, 2009


The three year drought is over in metro Atlanta says state climatologist David Stooksbury.

Water restrictions have NOT been lifted and according to state rules it will take four months of drought free conditions before this happens.

Cherokee is one of the counties allowed to loosen its water restrictions for lawns and flower gardens. Clayton, Henry and Fayette also have relaxed restrictions.

Communities that depend on Lake Lanier, including Cobb and metro Atlanta, must still follow the stricter restrictions.

Cherokee’s rules are as follows:

• Sprinkling is allowed three days a week between midnight and 10 a.m. Odd-numbered addresses water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays; even-numbered addresses water on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. 

• Hand watering is also allowed for 25 minutes a day, three days a week following the same restrictions as listed above.

Regardless of where you live, residents are allowed to fill swimming pools and sprinkle vegetable gardens. 


See the full story in the AJC.

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