Gilmer among 52 Georgia counties in Level 2 drought

Gilmer is of one of 52 Georgia counties in which the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) has elevated the current drought response from a Level l to a Level 2.


Outdoor watering restrictions

﹣ Outdoor landscape watering is only allowed two days a week determined by odd and even-numbered addresses.

﹣ Even-numbered addresses and properties without numbered addresses may water on Wednesday and Saturday, between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m.

﹣ Odd-numbered addresses may water Thursday and Sunday between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m.


Prohibited outdoor water use

﹣ Washing hard surfaces such as streets and sidewalks.

﹣ Water for ornamental purposes, such as fountains.

﹣ The use of fire hydrants, except for firefighting and public safety.

﹣ Noncommercial washing of vehicles.

﹣ Noncommercial pressure washing.

﹣ Fundraising car washes.


Allowed water use for level 1 and 2

﹣ Irrigation of personal food gardens may be done at any time of day.

﹣ Irrigation of new and replanted plant, seed or turf may be done at any time of day for 30 days after installation.

﹣ Drip irrigation or irrigation using soaker hoses may be done at any time of day. Hand-watering with a hose with automatic cutoff or hand-held container may be done at any time of day.

﹣ General landscape watering may be done between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. on the designated days.

More water conservation and drought information available online at

Times Courier

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1076
Ellijay, GA. 30540

Phone: 706-635-4313
Fax: 706-635-7006