Georgia Water Restrictions

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Water restrictions are returning to Georgia just in time for summer's hottest months, and while the restrictions are voluntary this year, they will become mandatory in 2004.

"They're asking everyone to take a proactive approach and not wait until it’s too late and we're out of water completely," says Leon Weeks, Director of Valdosta City Utilities.

The new water restrictions work exactly like those imposed last year. Outdoor watering will only be allowed at odd number addresses on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, while even number addresses can water on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Mike Allen is the Utilities Director for Lowndes County, and he says protecting the water supply needs to be a consistent effort by everyone.

"Conservation is going to be a state of mind, not an in-and-out type of phase
that everybody needs to be conscience and aware to conserve water."

And while the state is mandating this conservation effort, it’s going to be up to local water providers to enforce the rules, but that doesn't mean the state won't be checking up to make sure everyone is doing their part.

"The state's going to come and inspect water systems and they're going to do spot
inspections, but it will be locally enforced."

Allen says it will be easier for people to obey the restrictions next year if they start practicing.