The Macon Water Authority

790 Second Street • Macon, GA 31202-0108 • (478) 464-5600

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State Declares Level 1 Drought

With drought conditions worsening throughout the state this past fall, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division implemented a Level 1 Drought Response for 103 counties, including Macon-Bibb County. As a result, the MWA is educating its customers about the effects of drought on water resources, while encouraging them to practice wise water use. The current drought conditions have had the greatest impact on the state’s crops and agricultural industry. Although, some public water supplies also are impacted. However, MWA customers benefit from the Authority’s healthy, independent water supply – raw water for drinking water treatment comes from both the Ocmulgee River and the utility’s 5.8 billion-gallon Javors Lucas Lake. To determine the appropriate level of drought response for communities all across the state, Georgia EPD considers several factors, including precipitation, stream flows, groundwater, reservoir levels, short-term climate predictions, and soil moisture. In addition to encouraging wise water use, MWA officials remind customers of the current outdoor water use schedule, enforced through the state’s Water Stewardship Act. Outdoor water use is allowed daily, but only after 4:00 p.m. and prior to 10:00 a.m. Stay tuned for updates on the Level 1 Drought Response, and remember to use water wisely. For tips on Wise Water Use, see the "Learn More" link below.

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Address
Macon Water Authority
790 Second St.
P.O. Box 108
Macon, GA 31202-0108
Phone
(478) 464-5600
Fax
(478) 741-9146
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