Georgia EPD Declares Level 1 Drought Response, Calls For Water Conservation

October 21, 2019

 

Worsening drought conditions throughout most of the state have prompted a Level 1 Drought Response declaration from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD).  This means public water utilities in 103 counties will be required to begin a public information campaign to help citizens better understand drought, its impact on water supplies and the need for water conservation.

 

According to the federal government’s U.S. Drought Monitor, https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/CurrentMap/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?GA the drought has affected the entire state with conditions ranging from abnormally dry to extreme drought.    As a result, most of the counties in Georgia must follow the Level 1 Drought Response requirements.

 

This schedule allows outdoor water use year-round between 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m.

 

There are no restrictions on the following:

 

• Commercial agricultural operations as defined in Code Section 1-3-3

• 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• Use of water withdrawn from private water wells or surface water by an owner or operator of property if such well or surface water is on said property;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.

 

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Who We Are

An act of the Georgia General Assembly created the Franklin-Heard County Water Authority on February 6, 1984. This act was amended to change the name of the Authority to the Heard County Water Authority was approved March 22, 1989. The Heard County Water Authority is not a department of the Heard County but an independent authority. The five person Board is comprised of two members appointed by the City of Franklin, two appointed by the Heard County Board of Commissioners, and one member is elected by the four current HCWA Board members. The Board serves for 4 years and the terms are staggered.  The reason behind utility authorities being created by the State of Georgia Legislature was to keep local politics out of the decision making process for rates and other matter with regard to the operation of a utility.

 

 

CodeRED Alert System

The Water Authority has partnered with Heard County Fire and Emergency Services to provide our customers with access to a notification system that advises residents of issues such as boil water advisories, main leaks, or other issues  in their area. Please click the CodeRED logo link below to sign up today.

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If you are in need of water service at a new address, please be sure to read our policies for establishing a new account in the document listed below. If you have any additional questions regarding these policies, water rates, or if you are ready to open an account, please contact our office at (706) 675-3358. Please complete both of the following forms for faster service.

 

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