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New water restriction look to clear confusion

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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