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MWA customers enjoy relaxed Outdoor Water Use Schedule this year

Apr 9, 2012 by Dr. Chris Wood

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MWA customers enjoy daily watering of landscapes from midnight to 10 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to midnight.

Because of proper long-term planning by the Macon Water Authority (MWA), customers can enjoy a more relaxed outdoor watering schedule, without the utility having to impose additional restrictions to the state’s Water Stewardship Act, which has been in effect since June of 2010.

Until further notice, MWA customers can water outdoor landscapes every day from midnight to 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to midnight, as permitted by the current Water Stewardship Act. This daily watering is allowed for planting, growing, managing, or maintaining ground cover, trees, shrubs, or other plants.

MWA customers should note that these morning and evening hours for daily watering of outdoor landscapes are the best times of the day for such outdoor water use, since watering during the hotter, mid-day hours increase the chances for evaporation.

MWA customers also are reminded that the 2012 schedule of rates and fees included a small percentage increase to water and sewer consumption charges, which may become more evident with increased outdoor water use. These variable rates for both water and sewer consumption increased by 10 cents this year. However, residential sewer customers without an irrigation meter will pay variable rates on only 80 percent of their water consumption, and these sewer consumption charges will be capped at 30 CCF.

The MWA benefits from the nearly 600-acre drinking water reservoir – Javors Lucas Lake – which provides approximately 5.8 billion gallons of raw water storage for producing clean, safe drinking water in the Authority’s Frank C. Amerson, Jr. Water Treatment Facility. The Amerson Plant has been selected as the state’s Plant of the Year, as awarded by the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP), on four occasions, including as recently as this year.

For more information on the current outdoor watering schedule and the specific daily uses of outdoor water that are permitted, link to the Outdoor Water Use page at www.gaepd.org.

Media contact:
Chris Wood, Ph.D.
770-757-1681 (phone)
jcwood@uga.edu (email)

Tagged: macon water authority, outdoor water use, water stewardship act

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