Water Report

City of Suwanee Water Quality Report for Calendar Year 2016

Level 2 Drought Response Declaration

On November 17, 2016, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GaEPD) declared a Level 2 drought response for 52 Georgia counties, including the City of Suwanee within Gwinnett County.  This Level 2 Declaration is the second of three potential levels.  In response to this declaration, the City of Suwanee Water System would like to inform residents of the current State mandated watering restrictions, as well as other ways to conserve water.

Outdoor Water Use Restrictions
General Outdoor Watering for the purposes of planting, growing, managing, or maintaining ground cover, trees, shrubs, or other plants with an irrigation or sprinkler system is allowed on the following schedule:

  • Even numbered addresses (those ending in 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8) may only water on Wednesday and Saturday, before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m.
  • Odd numbered addresses (those ending in 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9) may only water on Thursday and Sunday, before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m.

Other outdoor water uses are NOT ALLOWED, except as provided below:

  • Washing hard surfaces such as streets, gutters, sidewalks and driveways, except when necessary for public health and safety;
  • Using water for ornamental purposes, such as fountains, reflecting pools, and waterfalls;
  • Use of fire hydrants, except for the purposes of firefighting, public health, safety, or flushing;
  • Washing vehicles, such as cars, boats, trailers, motorbikes, airplanes, or golf carts except at commercial car washes;
  • Non-commercial washing, or pressure washing, of buildings or structures, except for immediate fire protection; and
  • Charity, or non-commercial fund-raiser, car washes.

You can use water outdoors any time for:

  • Drip or soaker hose irrigation;
  • Watering personal food gardens;
  • Hand watering with a hose that has an automatic cut-off, or with a handheld container;
  • Irrigation of athletic fields, golf courses, or public turf grass recreational areas;
  • Hydro seeding;
  • Water from a private well;
  • Commercial agricultural operations;
  • Irrigation of plants held for sale, resale, or installation;
  • Installation, maintenance, or calibration of irrigation systems;
  • Alternative sources of water (grey water, rain water, condensate, etc.); and
  • Watering of newly installed landscaping for the first 30 days following installation.  At the end of the 30 days, the rules for existing landscaping will apply.

More information is available from the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District, the My Drop Counts website and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.

Please click on the links to learn more about outdoor water use:
Water Stewardship Act
Drought Information from the National Weather Service
U.S. Drought Monitor

Other websites that provide water quality-related information include:
Water Quality Information Center
Non-Point Source Pollution
USGS Water Resources of Georgia
American Water Works Association
Clean Water Campaign
DIY Household Water Assessment (provided by Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District)