Drought restrictions eased for Cobb County
Drought restrictions eased for Cobb County.
While Cobb prepares for a possible deluge of rain with the arrival of Hurricane Irma early next week, above average rain through the first eight months of the year has already allowed the state to lift some drought restrictions on the county.
Outdoor watering restrictions have been eased for Cobb and 11 other metro counties that the state has downgraded from a Level 2 drought to a Level 1 drought, according to the state’s Environmental Protection Division.
Level 2 restrictions had already been lifted for the remainder of the state.
Through Thursday, the Atlanta area has received about 39.2 inches of rain, up from the 34.8 inches the area averages through this time of year.
County residents are still encouraged to conserve water, but are no longer required to follow the limited landscape watering schedules and the bans on non-commercial vehicle washing and pressure washing the state had previous imposed.
State law still requires that landscape watering be done before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. to limit evaporation, however.
For more information, visit epd.georgia.gov/water-conservation.