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Ga. official declares drought over

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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Georgia's drought is over. Governor Sunny Perdue announced Wednesday said the state will now use non-drought rules for outdoor water use for the first time in three years.

Due to heavy rains this spring Georgians can now use water outside any time of the day.

"Today it gives me great pleasure to loosen the water restrictions," said Governor Sonny Perdue, Georgia.

Under the non-drought schedule, you can still only wash your car or water your law three days a week, but there are no longer any time restraints.

"What has been listed by the state this afternoon the hour restrictions have been removed," Said Lorie Farkas, Water, Gas and Light Commission.

Odd-number addresses, can water on Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday.

Even-numbered addresses are allowed to water on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. There is no outside watering on Friday.

"We water every day we've got some lovely ferns and begonias we love to water," said, Levi Anderson.

Anderson owns a home in Albany, he says the ease of outdoor water use restrictions is great, but in the tough economy for many homeowners the yard is playing second fiddle.

"With the economy the way it is I don't even know if people are worried about watering the grass," said Anderson.

Despite the lessened restrictions water managers say conservation is key.

"We all know not to water in the heat of the day because all you're doing is evaporating so it's better to water early in the morning or late in the afternoon," said Farkas.

The state says the restrictions cut water use statewide by 15 percent the past two a half years.

That's more than the 10 percent state leaders hoped for.

The state's climatologist says this spring has been the second wettest in the last 115 years in Georgia.

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