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Georgia EPD Elevates Drought Response Levels, Franklin County Declared Level 1
Faced with worsening drought conditions in about three-fourths of the state, along with water supply concerns in some areas, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) has declared it will raise the state’s drought response to Level 2 in 52 counties and impose a Level 1 Drought Response in an additional 58 counties.
Before declaring a drought response, the EPD monitors climatic indicators and water supply conditions to assess drought occurrence and severity. Drought indicators that are closely monitored include rainfall, volume of water in selected streams, groundwater levels, reservoir levels, short-term precipitation forecasts and soil moisture. This information is used to guide the state’s response to drought.
According to the statement from the EPD, the third week in November marks the 21st week of continuous severe drought in northeastern parts of the state. As of November 17, 2016, Franklin County has been assigned a Level 1 Drought Response status.
The state’s drought response is centered on the ability of public water systems to supply adequate amounts of water. The Franklin County Water System is a blended system that utilizes sources of groundwater and surface water. At this time, we feel our system has ample ability to supply adequate water to our customers. However, it is important for us to collectively be good stewards of our water resources. During our drought response, we are encouraging customers to conserve water when possible.
• Examples of ways to conserve water and be good water stewards:
– General outdoor watering is allowed only between 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m.
– Regularly check for, and repair, leaks inside and outside their home.
– Don’t leave the tap running when shaving, brushing teeth, and face washing.
– Only water your landscape when necessary. Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk or street.
Please use the links for additional information: EPD News Press Release and Drought Response Map.
Additional information from the Department of Natural Resources can be found at
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