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Level 1 Drought Response

Friday, October 18, 2019.

Worsening drought conditions throughout most of the state have prompted a Level 1 Drought Response declaration from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) affecting 103 counties in Georgia, including Carroll County. According to the federal government's U.S. Drought Monitor, 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. Level 1 is the lowest drought response declaration.

With the Level 1 Drought Response declared, the outdoor water use schedule required in the Water Stewardship Act of 2010 remains in place.  It limits outdoor water use year-round to the hours between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. unless specifically listed as an exception.  This is done to limit evaporation during the warmest part of the day. Further restrictions would be imposed if drought conditions worsen and the Georgia EPD declares a Level 2 Drought Response. Again, only a Level 1 Drought Response has been issued at this time.

The following activities may be done at any time of day under a Level 1 Drought Response:

  • Commercial agricultural operations as defined in Code Section 1-3-3;
  • Capture and reuse of cooling system condensate or storm water in compliance with applicable local ordinances and state guidelines;
  • Reuse of gray water in compliance with Code section 31-3-5.2 and applicable local board of health regulations adopted pursuant thereto;
  • Use of reclaimed waste water by a designated user from a system permitted by the Environmental Protection Division of the of the department to provide reclaimed waste water;
  • Irrigation of personal food gardens;
  • Irrigation of new and replanted plant, seed, or turf may be done at any time of day for 30 days after installation;
  • Drip irrigation or irrigation using soaker hoses;
  • Handwatering 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  • Use of water withdrawn from private water wells or surface water by an owner or operator of property if such well or surface water is on said property;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; or
  • Hydroseeding.

2018 Platinum Award - Snake Creek Water Treatment Plant

Carroll County Water Authority announces that it has received the 2018 Platinum Award from the Georgia Association of Water Professionals. The prestigious Platinum Award is given in recognition of complete and consistent Safe Drinking Water Act permit compliance during each calendar year for at least five years.  Carroll County Water Authority and its suppliers conduct over 8,000 tests for over 100 compounds annually, and all testing and constituent levels were found to be in compliance with the United States Environmental Protection Agency.  CCWA’s qualified, professional employees are dedicated to serving our community with safe, quality drinking water every day of the year.

2018 Platinum Award - Fairfield Plantation LAS

Carroll County Water Authority is pleased to announce that it has received the 2018 Platinum Award from the Georgia Association of Water Professionals. The prestigious Platinum Award is given in recognition of wastewater treatment plants with no NPDES violations during each calendar year for at least five years.

The Authority has 55 miles of sewer line with 10 lift stations and more than 1,200 sewer manholes within the subdivision. The wastewater is treated by a stabilization pond and is then pumped to a storage pond for land application in a 164-acre spray field.  The wastewater staff performs regular sampling and testing to ensure proper treatment is being achieved and that state compliance is maintained.


556 Old Bremen Road
Carrollton, GA 30117

PO Box 739
Carrollton, GA 30112

770.832.1277 (Phone)

770.830.8853 (Fax)

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