Fayette included in state-issued drought notice

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Fayette County is part of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division’s declaration of a Level 1 drought response that was issued October 18.

“The current flash drought we are in is primarily agricultural, but it can also affect water supply,” said state climatologist Bill Murphey. “It came on quickly due to the intense daytime heating, lack of rainfall and sudden decrease in soil moisture we experienced in September.”

The outdoor water use schedule required under the Water Stewardship Act of 2010 remains in place. It limits outdoor water use year-round to the hours between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m.  There are several exceptions to this limitation listed at https://epd.georgia.gov/watershed-protection-branch/water-conservation.

All Fayette County citizens are encouraged to take reasonable measures to be responsible stewards of our water resources and are urged to be very mindful of their individual water use during this time.