Outdoor Watering Schedule

Clayton County was released from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division's (EPD) Level 1 Drought Response on September 7, 2017 due to substaintial rainfall that led to significant improvement in streamflows and reservoir levels. 

Conservation and efficiency are still critical to protecting Metro Atlanta’s water supply. Georgia EPD and the Metro Water District encourage continued water conservation and water-saving habits and actions.

CCWA customers should follow the state’s permanent year-round outdoor watering restrictions that limit outdoor watering to the hours of before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. each day, to avoid the hottest part of the day when more evaporation occurs. Certain limited exceptions are set forth in the 2010 Georgia Water Stewardship Act (see link below). 

Non-drought Outdoor Water Use Schedule 

Ways You Can Conserve

  • Customers who rent or own a house built before 1994 should take advantage of our Toilet Rebate Program
  • Check and repair leaks inside and outside the home. Click here for tips on finding and fixing leaks. 
  • Use a rain gauge to determine how much it has rained over the week before watering outdoor plants. Most outdoor plants need an inch of water per week.
  • Water in several short sessions instead of one long session. This reduces runoff and allows water to infiltrate into soil and plant roots.
  • Only water lawns when needed. If the blades of grass don’t bounce back after walking across the lawn, it is time to water. Water lawns and plants in the early morning and late evening.
  • Shorten showers and turn off water when shaving or brushing teeth. 
  • Fill dishwashers and washing machines. Make sure there is a full load every time.


For more water conservation information, visit the links below:

Georgia EPD Water Conservation

North Georgia Water Planning District

My Drop Counts

EPA Water Sense 

How CCWA Conserves

CCWA implemented a comprehensive, system-wide Leak Detection program in the early 2000’s that has saved millions of gallons of water each year. We also use constructed treatment wetlands to provide a truly sustainable water supply for our community. These wetlands enable us to return close to 14 million gallons of water per day to our reservoirs.