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Level2 Drought Declaration from Georgia EPD

West Point Water System Issued Drought Level2 Declaration from Georgia EPD

West Point Water System Issued Drought Level2 Declaration from Georgia EPD

On Thursday November 17, 2016 the Georgia Environmental Protection Division Director issued a declaration for fifty two (52) counties in Georgia implementing a Drought Level 2 Response. The EPD has made this decision based on the current conditions over the fifty two (52) county area which has revived little or no measurable precipitation over the past several months.

The Drought Rule requires all permittees including the (City of West Point Water System) to implement specific water demand measurements during a Level 2 Drought Response.

A Declared Drought Level 2 Response requires all users of the West Point Water System to follow the rules of a Declared Drought Level 2 Response water usage guidelines as dictated by the State of Georgia Rule 391-3-30.

Listed below are the guidelines of the Drought Level 2 Response.

Level 2 Drought Response Summary:

  1. Public information campaign as required under a Level 1 Drought Response.
  2. General outdoor watering.
    • Even-numbered addresses may only water Wednesdays and Saturdays before 1 0 a.m. and after 4 p.m.
    • Odd-numbered addresses may only water on Thursdays and Sundays before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m.
  3. Prohibited outdoor water uses (with some exceptions as provided in the rule).
    • Washing hard surfaces.
    • Water for ornamental purposes.
    • The use of fire hydrants, except for firefighting, public health, safety or flushing.
    • Non-commercial vehicle washing, including charity and fundraising car washes.
    • Non-commercial pressure washing.

In addition to the restrictions listed above the City of West Point Water System is required to implement four (4) additional actions from the Drought Response Strategies Menu to implement along with the Declared Drought Level 2 Response. The city has chosen the following four ( 4) Strategies for users of the West Point Water System;

  • 391-3-30-.07 (5 b) Restaurants using the City of West Point Water System are restricted from providing customers with water except upon request from individual customers desiring water.
  • 391-3-30-.07 (5 f) Water customers using the City of West Point Water System are restricted from using water to fill swimming pools except on the days that their individual address for outdoor water use is allowed as spelled out in Section 2 General Outdoor Watering.
  • 391-3-31-.07 (5 h) Any and all street cleaning is suspended during the time this order is in place. Exemptions to this will be when cleaning is required for public safety.
  • 391-3-30-.07 (5 i) The city will visually monitor all water usage during this declared drought for any violations related to the restriction listed both in the declaration from the State of Georgia and the additional four (4) Drought Response Strategies chosen by the city. If it is determined that a water user is violating any of the restrictions set forth in this Declared Drought Response then that water customer will be warned to immediately discontinue the use of water that is violating the restrictions set forth in this order. If the same water user is found to be violating the restrictions of this Drought Response a second time the city will discontinue the customers' water service by physically turning off the water supply at the city's water meter. At that time the customer will be required to meet face to face with the City Clerk or Utilities Director and make their case as to why the city should restore service.

This order is being implemented under the authority of the State of Georgia Environmental Protection Division Director Richard E. Dunn.