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State Declares Level 1 Drought for Macon-Bibb County

Oct 21, 2019 by Chris Wood, Ph.D.


Outdoor water use is permitted daily, but only after 4:00 p.m. and before 10:00 a.m.

With drought conditions worsening throughout the state this fall, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division has 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 across Georgia range from abnormally dry to extreme drought, with 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.

The state’s water use schedule, with exemptions, along with wise water use tips are available online at

Media contact:
Chris Wood, Ph.D.
P: 770-757-1681

Tagged: mwa, macon water authority, level 1 drought, georgia epd, wise water use

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