Athens Watering Restrictions Return!
Today, you’ll need to put away your garden hose and sprinkler. At least for six days of the week. Drought-stricken Athens will limit residents, governments, institutions and businesses to one day of outdoor watering. Mayor Denson has signed an order for the new regulations as water levels in Bear Creek Reservoir and in the Oconee River continue to drop. The Upper Oconee River Basin Board has approved a Level 2 drought response. This requires a five percent reduction in water consumption by all members. There are some exceptions for commercial car washes, nurseries that have plants for sale, and those with newly installed lawns. These can be watered for 30 days. More details: Odd addresses (ending in 1, 3, 5, 7, 9) water on Sunday, before …
Barrow, Clarke and Oconee water customers will need to cut back outdoor use in response to the drought, according to news reports.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Water customers in Barrow, Clarke and Oconee counties will be limited to watering lawns and washing cars three days a week under new restrictions approved Wednesday, the Athens Banner-Herald reports. The new limits were approved by the board of the Upper Oconee Basin Water Authority, which oversees the Bear Creek Reservoir. Jackson County is also affected by the restrictions. The new regulations still need to be endorsed by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, which means it will be several days before they become official, Oconee County Utilities Director Chris Thomas, operations chairman for the water authority, told the newspaper. The Bear Creek Reservoir was full at the beginning of July, but its level has been falling …