Summer Water Conservation

Question: Summer is coming and it’s predicted to be a doozy. The watershed group I’m on the board of would like to let our members know how to save water during the hot Georgia summer.  What kind of information can I share with them that would apply just to our watershed and statewide?

Answer: Great question! There are a lot of resources out there you can share with your members that will get them thinking about how they can work water-saving strategies into their daily routines. Finding the information is easy: the Georgia Environmental Protection Division has a great website called Conserve Water Georgia (https://www.conservewatergeorgia.net/index.html) that gives good tips and tools for saving water at home and at work—it even has a whole section for teachers!  And Conserve Water Georgia isn’t the only site devoted to helping us all conserve water—a simple Google Search will bring up similar sites from all over the country.

As far as getting the information to your members, this is the fun part! You could put a daily water-saving tip on your Facebook page or Twitter account.  You could send out a special summer-edition newsletter that focuses on water conservation in the home, or even hold some rain barrel construction workshops. Get creative with it!

One really important piece of water conservation information to let your members know about this summer has to do with watering restrictions that might apply to them.  Watering restrictions can vary depending on where you live or whether it’s a drought year, and in order to find out about watering restrictions in your watershed, it’s a good idea to check your local papers or call the appropriate local government offices. 

However, back in 2010, the State of Georgia passed the Georgia Water Stewardship Act which allows daily outdoor watering for “purposes of planting, growing, managing, or maintaining ground cover, trees, shrubs, or other plants only between the hours of 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. by anyone whose water is supplied by a water system permitted by the Environmental Protection Division.”  So, that essentially applies to anybody who pays a water bill in the state of Georgia.  To find out more about the Georgia Water Stewardship Act, click HERE: https://www.gaepd.org/Documents/outdoorwater.html

Have a great summer!