Drought Status

Drought Status

Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division has declared a drought response for much of Georgia, including all 15 counties in the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District. Winter rains have thus far failed to refill Lake Lanier, which is about 8 feet below full pool. The Lake Lanier-Chattahoochee River system serves as the main water source for much of the region’s population. For detailed information about the drought response in your county, please visit the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District's website for an interactive map. Cherokee County is currently in a Level 2 Drought Response.

Level 2 Drought Response

Nine metro Atlanta counties that rely on Lake Lanier and the Chattahoochee River as their primary water source remain in a Level 2 drought response. Outdoor watering is restricted to twice a week (even addresses and sites with no numbered addresses on Wednesday or Saturday and odd addresses on Thursday or Sunday). Watering is only permitted before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. Learn more.

Level 1 Drought Response

A Level 1 drought response is in effect for the other six counties in the Metro Water District. Residents should take steps to conserve water and are reminded to adhere to 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. Learn more.

Water Conservation Tips

  • Check for and repair leaks inside and outside the home
  • 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
  • Replace older toilets with high-efficiency models. If your home was built before 1994, you may qualify for a toilet rebate
  • Choose efficient appliances. Look for EPA WaterSense an ENERGY STAR labeled products when shopping for new appliances and fixtures
  • Scrape dishes before washing them. Avoid using the garbage disposal. It wastes a lot of water and can contribute to pipe clogs.
Find more conservation tips at My Drop Counts.