Water Conservation


  • Most plants only need one inch of water every seven to 10 days to stay healthy. A deep soaking with water aimed at the roots once a week will provide all the moisture they need.
  • Current water restrictions in effect limit watering in most Georgia cities to between midnight and 10:00 am. Watering in the heat of the day is a waste anyway, as the water will just evaporate. Set your sprinklers to come on between 4:00 am and 10:00 am.
  • Use mulching material; pine bark, cedar chips, etc. around the roots of plants and trees to help the soil retain water.
  • Make sure your sprinklers aimed appropriately so that they aren’t watering the sidewalks and streets in front of your house.


  • Save dishwater and bathwater for watering plants. (When you shower, keep a bucket in the shower to collect the water.) The soap isn’t harmful. In fact, it kills aphids and other plant-destroying insects. You can also save cooking water to water plants.
  • Don’t let the water run while you brush your teeth.
  • Run the dishwasher and washing machine only when they are full.
  • Fix any leaky fixtures, toilets, faucets, etc., as soon as you discover the leak.
  • You can usually just replace a washer or two for a couple of dollars.
  • Don’t flush bugs, tissues, or pet waste. Wrap them up and throw them into the trash.
  • Showers use less water than baths, especially if you keep them to five minutes or less; try keeping a timer to try and keep the time down.
  • Keep a water pitcher in the refrigerator. Running the tap to get cold water wastes gallons.
By doing your part to conserve water, and encouraging your neighbors to do theirs, you can help to protect Georgia’s water resource supply.


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