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Posted on: November 1, 2019

GA EPD DECLARES LEVEL 1 DROUGHT – IMPACTS FOR RICHMOND HILL RESIDENTS

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The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) has declared a Level 1 Drought Response for 53 Georgia counties, including the City of Richmond Hill and Bryan County. In order to be responsible stewards of our water supply, residents are encouraged to take steps to conserve water in their homes and places of businesses and are reminded to abide by the Georgia Water Stewardship Act and City of Richmond Hill outdoor watering restrictions.

Below are a few water conservation tips.

  • Limit dishwashing and laundry to only full loads.
  • Fix leaky faucets. A leak of 60 drips a minute wastes 192 gallons a month.
  • Reduce your shower by 2 minutes and you can save 5 gallons per shower
  • Check your toilets for leaks.
  • Turn water off while you shave or brush your teeth. This could save at least 100 gallons of water a week.
  • Thaw food in the refrigerator overnight rather than using running tap of hot water.
  • Look for EPA WaterSense and EnergyStar labeled products when shopping for new appliances and fixtures.
  • Landscape with native plants or plants well adapted to our region.
  • Adjust sprinklers to ensure lawn is watered and not sidewalks, streets or house.
  • Sweep driveways, sidewalks and steps rather than hosing off.

The City of Richmond Hill Water Conservation/Drought Management Plan limits outdoor water use during a declared drought response level one to the following:

  • Outdoor water use may occur on scheduled days within the hours of 12:00 midnight to 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight
  • Scheduled days for odd-numbered addresses are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
  • Scheduled days for even-numbered addresses are Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
  • Use of hydrants for any purpose other than firefighting, public health, safety or flushing is prohibited. To account for water utilized, a hydrant meter shall be installed prior to all line-flushing events.

Exemptions to outdoor water use restrictions can be found in Section 20-208 of the Richmond Hill Water Conservation/Drought Management Plan.


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