The Macon Water Authority

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

GA Water Stewardship Act

As a result of the Georgia Water Stewardship Act becoming effective on June 2, 2010, MWA customers have been able to enjoy daily watering of their landscapes.

For customers of the Macon Water Authority, their outdoor water use also benefits from proper long-term planning by the MWA Board Members and Staff, who continue to work to make sure the Authority and its customers have a safe and plentiful drinking water supply. The Macon Water Authority benefits from a 589-acre drinking water reservoir – Javors Lucas Lake – which has approximately 5.8 billion gallons of raw water storage for producing clean, safe drinking water in the Authority’s award winning Frank C. Amerson, Jr. Water Treatment Facility.

Under the current outdoor water use schedule that went into effect as a result of the state Water Stewardship Act, MWA customers may water daily for agricultural/landscaping purposes. However, customers may use water daily only until 10:00 a.m. and after 4:00 p.m. in these instances. (No outdoor water use of this kind is allowed between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.) Agricultural and landscaping activities include: planting, growing, managing, or maintaining ground cover, trees, shrubs, or other plants.

MWA customers should note that the times residents are allowed to water landscapes daily, according to the Water Stewardship Act, are the best times of the day for such outdoor water use anyway. Watering during the hotter, mid-day hours increases the chance for evaporation. If MWA customers want to use water outdoors for any purpose other than agricultural or landscaping, odd-numbered addresses may water on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, while even-numbered addresses may water on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, with no hourly limits.

The state Water Stewardship Act also includes incentives for continual water conservation and better stewardship from Georgians in the future. Beginning in July of 2012, the legislation requires that water-efficient fixtures must be installed in all new residential and commercial construction statewide. For all new residential and commercial multi-unit developments, the Act requires sub-metering, allowing each resident to receive consumption reports and practice conservation measures.

For indoor and outdoor wise water use tips, check out the MWA Water Conservation Brochure.

And for more details on the current outdoor water use schedule, including exemptions to outdoor water use restrictions, citizens can access Georgia EPD’s Outdoor Water Use Rules and other relevant information at


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

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