Rainfall has been scarce since August and water conservation is on everyone's mind. The Georgia Water Stewardship Act of 2010 established certain outdoor watering protocols to conserve water during times of drought. These rules apply to all properties served by state permitted water systems.
Odd/even watering schedule for sprinkler systems on existing landscapes: Wednesdays & Saturdays (4P-10A) for addresses ending in 0, 2, 4, 6, 8 and Thursdays & Sundays (4P-10A) for addresses ending in 1, 3, 5, 7, 9.
- 30-day exemption applies for establishment of new landscapes. After 30 days, drought response watering practices must be followed.
- Hand-watering using a hose w/an automatic shut-off nozzle
- Food gardens
- Drip irrigation or soaker hoses
- Horticulture crops intended for sale, resale, or installation
- Athletic fields, golf courses, and public recreation areas
- Maintenance or calibration of an irrigation system
- Water from private wells and bodies of water on property (not exceeding state withdrawal limits)
- Water from an alternative source (grey water, rain water, air-conditioner condensate)
- Commercial pressure washing
While natural precipitation is generally sufficient to prevent plant desiccation in established landscapes during fall and winter, extremely dry conditions may require supplemental watering to help mitigate plant damage. Follow responsible watering practices and properly manage irrigation systems to protect plant health while promoting a culture of water conservation in Georgia.
Stay informed on the latest drought information from the Environmental Protection Division.
UGA Extension in Coweta County.
How may we help you?
Many people think that the county agent only works with farmers, but we do far more than that. We have three program areas:
- Agriculture & Natural Resources
- Family & Consumer Sciences
- 4-H Youth Development.
Through these programs, we bring research-based education you can trust from the University of Georgia to your doorstep.
The Agriculture & Natural Resources (ANR) program assists homeowners, farmers and land owners by providing diagnostic services and educational seminars and workshops.
- Soil Testing
- Water Testing to include a Private Well Home Loan Package and a Private Well Chemical Test Package
- Forage Testing
- Insect Identification
- Plant Disease Diagnostics
- Backyard Association Meetings
- Journeyman Program
- Well Water Protection Seminar
The core mission of the 4-H program is to assist youth in acquiring knowledge, developing life skills, and forming attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society. This mission is accomplished through:
- Hands-on Learning Experiences
- School Clubs
- Project Achievement
- Competetive Teams
- Special Interest Clubs
The Family & Consumer Sciences (FACS) program is what some of you may remember as Home Economics. It has expanded into a program that today deals with all aspects of the economics and management of the home and community.
- Food Preparation
- Early Childhood Education
- Family Economics
- Human Development, and more
Be on the lookout for the following programs coming in 2016: Master Equine Course, Homeowner Well Water Maintenance, Agribusiness Management, 4-H Adventure Day Camp, and more. For regular information on Extension programs, bookmark www.ugaextension.org/coweta or contact the UGA Extension office in Coweta County at 770.254.2620.