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  • Worth Co. hosts open house

    Worth Co. hosts open house

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:24 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:24:37 GMT
    It's already back to school time for some south Georgia students. Classes start tomorrow in Worth County.On Monday afternoon, all the schools held open houses for parents and students.At Worth County elementary, families got to met the teachers and get acquainted with the school.The Principal says the staff is ready, and parents told us they appreciated the open house."We are just going to keep going strong with things that we have done in the past, we had a very successful school year last y...More >>
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  • Lee Co. Woman speaks out about scary home invasion

    Lee Co. Woman speaks out about scary home invasion

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:20 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:20:11 GMT
    A Lee County woman says she'll think twice before opening her front door after a frightening home invasion.Tonya Stewart says Friday night a group of young people rushed inside her home and beat her up.Her husband ran to help. In the meantime, her 2-year-old niece suffered a busted lip.Stewart ended up with bruises and a black eye.“I just felt like my house was in danger and my life was in danger. I felt like I was gonna be killed or someone in my house was gonna be killed. I had a little gir...More >>
    A Lee County woman says she'll think twice before opening her front door after a frightening home invasion.Tonya Stewart says Friday night a group of young people rushed inside her home and beat her up.Her husband ran to help. In the meantime, her 2-year-old niece suffered a busted lip.Stewart ended up with bruises and a black eye.“I just felt like my house was in danger and my life was in danger. I felt like I was gonna be killed or someone in my house was gonna be killed. I had a little gir...More >>
  • Football coaches stress hydration as South Georgia heats up

    Football coaches stress hydration as South Georgia heats up

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:12 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:12:23 GMT
    Football is an intense, and grueling collision sport, and when South Georgia heats up, practice is even more stressful on the body."We don't wanna lose a kid because of the fact they are not hydrating themselves," says Monroe Head Coach Charles Truitt.That's why coaches stress the importance of staying hydrated on and off the field."We preach when they get home at night after football practice, to hydrate themselves and then we they get up in the morning hydrate themselves," says Truitt.After...More >>
    Football is an intense, and grueling collision sport, and when South Georgia heats up, practice is even more stressful on the body."We don't wanna lose a kid because of the fact they are not hydrating themselves," says Monroe Head Coach Charles Truitt.That's why coaches stress the importance of staying hydrated on and off the field."We preach when they get home at night after football practice, to hydrate themselves and then we they get up in the morning hydrate themselves," says Truitt.After...More >>

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  New watering rules are about to go into effect.

The Governor signed a comprehensive water conservation law Tuesday. It includes new restrictions from how you water your lawn to what type of toilet can be put in new construction.

It's meant to save water, help Georgia reach a water sharing agreement with Florida and Alabama, and clear up confusion for homeowners. It could add to confusion in the short term. @

Frank Ahouse is no stranger to the Water Police.

"The water police at Water, Gas, & Light call me every year, some of the neighbors or those passing by, think I'm breaking the law by watering on Friday, but actually I'm not using city water, I'm using well water," said Ahouse.

A private well is the exception to the rules when it comes to watering and those guidelines are changing again. For another month we'll use the even and odd address system.

"For even addresses, Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. For odd addresses Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday. No outside watering on Friday," said Lorie Farkas, WG&L Assistant General Manager.

Starting July first that changes to no watering any day between the hours of 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM, but that only pertains to sprinkler systems, watering cans and soaker hoses are exempt. It will also mean changes in construction.

"Right now were putting in 1.6 gallons per flush toilets and it's going to 1.28 standard so that's not a hug difference and manufacturers are going to allow for that," said Jonathan Hornick, Tall Pine Builders.

There are also standards for sinks and shower heads, and get this anyone who installs plumbing fixtures that violate the code faces a misdemeanor.

"Homeowners are concerned about efficiency but not all of them ask about it," said Hornick.

Frank Ahouse knows it's all to protect a valuable resource.

"Our water is a precious commodity and we need to protect it as much as we can," said Ahouse.

He suspects the new law will still result in calls to the Water Police.

In addition to the rules and restrictions the bill encourages every state agency to look at its water conservation practices and requires leak and detection programs. Every public water system must conduct a water loss audit by 2013.


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