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Posted on: October 22, 2019

Oconee County Under Level 1 Drought Response

Residents urged to conserve water

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) has declared a Level 1 Drought Response in 103 counties, including Oconee, in response to worsening drought conditions across much of the state. The Level 1 Drought Response requires public water utilities to provide information to help water customers understand drought, its impact on water supplies, and the need for conservation.

As part of its public information campaign, Oconee County Water Resources has created a section on the Oconee County website dedicated to drought and conservation information, which can be viewed at Information and updates will also be provided via the county’s social media channels.

Oconee County Water Resources suggests the following actions to conserve this vital resource:

  • Reduce showers by 2 minutes to save 5 gallons per shower
  • Limit automatic dishwashing to FULL loads to save at least 2 gallons per load
  • Wash FULL loads of laundry to save 45 gallons per load
  • Fix leaky faucets; a leak of 60 drips per minute wastes 192 gallons a month
  • Install rain sensors on irrigation systems to avoid watering during rain

“While it is always important to be mindful of water conservation, it is critical during this drought period to take extra precautions,” says Water Resources Director Tim Durham. “Oconee County Water Resources is committed to being a good steward of this precious resource, and we encourage others to join us in conserving water during this time. The steps that we take individually add up, and together we can make a tremendous impact.”

As a reminder, the outdoor water use schedule outlined in the Water Stewardship Act of 2010, which limits most outdoor water use to the hours between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m., remains in effect.

For more information about Oconee County Water Resources, visit

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