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LEVEL 1 DROUGHT RESPONSE DECLARED
On March 2, 2017, Georgia's Environmental Protection Division declared a Level 1 drought response for all of metro Atlanta, including Henry County.
The declaration follows a wet winter, but a dry spring and summer. According to the National Weather Service, from March through August, Atlanta received 16.59 inches of rain - approximately 8.5 inches less than the 30-year average for the same five-month period.
It is important to note that dry periods are part of the normal weather cycle. Rainfall may return to normal, but we need to take reasonable measures to be responsible stewards of water and to be prepared for the possibility of a long-term drought.
We never know how long a drought may last, so we all need to do our part to conserve. As a reminder, here are some ways you can save water:
- Water lawns and plants in the early morning and late evening. Current restrictions prohibit watering during the mid-day hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
- Water in several short sessions instead of one long session. This reduces runoff and allows water to infiltrate into soil and plant roots.
- Check and repair leaks inside and outside the home.
- Shorten showers and turn off water when shaving or brushing teeth.
- Fill dishwasher and washing machines. Make sure there is a full load every time.
Find more conservation tips at My Drop Counts.