Dear EPD Permit Holder,
As provided for in the Rules for Drought Management, Chapter 391-3-30, the Georgia Environmental Protection division (EPD) has been monitoring climatic indicators and water supply conditions to assess drought severity and its effects. Drought conditions have improved in many areas of Georgia. Our latest report on those indicators and conditions is available at http://epd.georgia.gov/water-conservation.
Because of these improvements, I am hereby changing the declared Drought Response Level from Level 2 to Level 1 for the counties shown on the enclosed Table 1.
A map showing revised drought response levels for the entire state is also enclosed.
Although drought oriented water conservation requirements are no longer in effect for water systems in areas designated as Level 1, permittees are still required to main their public notice and education campaigns as required by Section 391-3-30-.07 of the Rules. More information about water conservation can be found at http://epd.georgia.gov/water-conservation.
If you have further questions, please contact Bennett Weinstein at 404 651-5155 or Gail Cowie at 404 657-5739. Your cooperation in this matter is appreciated.
Table 1: Counties Moving from Drought Response Level 2 to Drought Response Level 1