Georgia Water Rules

As of today's date, there are 61 counties in north and central Georgia that are listed as under drought level 4 watering restrictions. Under this level, there is a total outdoor watering ban with some minor exemptions. Please note that some of these exemptions vary from county to county. These exemptions include, but are not limited to: There are other exemptions that exist and some (*) that are prohibited depending upon the city, county or water provider.

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division has extensive information on their web site to help answer your questions about our current drought and the watering restrictions:

Landscape Professionals and Gardeners

Because each county, municipality or water provider can impose tighter restrictions than required by the state, it can be difficult to obtain up to date information.

The Metro Atlanta Landscape and Turf Association (MALTA) is keeping up to the minute restriction changes posted on their web site (click here).

County Contact Information

The table at the bottom consists of the 61 counties under the total ban and a telephone number that can be called to get additional information and/or to report violators. Some counties have websites with additional information that may or may not be updated as the restrictions change. For counties with multiple web pages, a link may be associated with the county name. If you find any errors or have a different (better/direct) numbers or websites, please email me.

Note: Some smaller counties do not have web sites or direct numbers to their water departments. Therefore, the main number for the county is listed. Hopefully, you will then be directed to the correct department.

Common Courtesy and Southern Charm

Before you call one of the numbers below to report a violation (especially if it's a homeowner in violation), give the person the benefit of the doubt and politely inform them that no outdoor watering is allowed. They may not know or may have an exemption. If you're uncomfortable talking to them, then leave a polite note on their mailbox explaining the severity of the problem. Most people will willingly comply if they are informed.

Drought Level 4 Counties

County Name Phone Number(s) Comments
Atlanta, City of 404-982-1414 website
Banks 706-778-3095
Barrow 770-307-3014 website
Bartow 770-387-5170 website
Butts 770-775-0042
Carroll 770-832-1277
Catoosa 706-965-2500
Chattooga 706-857-0700
Cherokee 678-493-2292
Clarke 706-613-3729 website
Clayton 770-961-2130
Cobb 770-419-6278
Coweta 770-254-3710 website
Dade 706-657-4341
Dawson 706-344-3501
DeKalb 770-621-7000
Douglas 770-920-7269 website
Elbert 706-283-2000
Fannin 706-632-2203
Fayette 770-461-1146
Floyd 706-291-5130 website
Forsyth 678-513-5893
Report Violations Online
Franklin 706-384-2483
Fulton (North) 770-640-3040
Fulton (cont) 678-297-6300
Alpharetta (24/7)
John's Creek, Milton, Mountain Park
Sandy Springs
Gilmer 706-276-2202
Gordon 706-629-3795
Greene Contact individual cities
Gwinnett 678-376-7100 Report Violations Online
Habersham 706-754-8159
Hall 770-535-6878 website
Haralson 770-646-5375
Harris 706-324-1175
Hart 706-377-4385
Heard 706-675-3358
Henry 770-957-6659
Jackson Contact individual cities
Jasper 706-468-4900
Lincoln 706-359-5523
Lumpkin 706-867-6580
Madison 706-795-3473
Meriwether 706-672-1314
Morgan 706-342-0725
Murray 706-695-2413
Muscogee 706-649-3400 Columbus
Newton 770-787-1375
Oconee 706-769-3960
Oglethorpe 706-743-5270
Polk 770-748-6001
Paulding 770-222-6868
Pickens 706-253-8718
Rabun 706-782-5271
Rockdale 770-918-6512
Stephens 706-886-9491
Spalding 770-467-4208
Towns 706-896-2276
Troup 706-845-2000
Union 706-439-6000
Walker 706-820-1455
Walton 770-267-1301
White 706-865-2235
Whitfield 706-275-7500
Wilkes 706-678-2511

Last Updated: November 3, 2007

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