Albany -- Get ready to hang up the hose and put up the sprinklers four days a week. Wednesday, the Board of Natural Resources announced year-round restrictions.
Georgia's population is growing, and conserving water is more important than ever, especially with what looks like a drought looming. In the past, outdoor restrictions made odd-numbered addresses watered on odd-numbered days, and so on, but this one is different.
We've been through water bans and restrictions before, but this time it's different. Not only is it year-round and permanent, but it's up to you to conserve.
You will have a set schedule, like garbage day.
If you live at an even numbered address, you can water your lawn on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Odd numbered houses get the rest of the days, Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday, but no one can run those sprinklers on Fridays.
Thirsty plants take in water on a hot south Georgia day. "You got to do this two or three times a day. These impatients don't take sun very well."
Patient is what Les Bowman is. Once again, the state wants him to conserve water. "I guess they know, the environmentalist are certain what the acquifier has in it to keep it at the certain level," he says.
And certain his neighbor, Helen Lindsey, will volunteer to follow the same water rules. "There's one thing of vegetables that does need watering," she said.
The neighbors both live at even-numbered addresses, meaning they will be able to water on the same days.-- Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. "If I could just water the whole thing on one day, that will be okay with me," said Lindsey.
There are no time restrictions, but they will both have a dry spell on Thursdays and Fridays. "I guess I'll have to do something different, move them in the shade," said Bowman.
But Bowman can't move the pool out of the sun. "You have to have that up to a certain level, otherwise, your pump will burn out, I guess, or the skimmer won't work."
Bowman works in the privacy of his own back yard, he too will be on the honor system. "When the ban was on before I never saw anyone come around and look, but I wasn't violating the ban either, cause the mayor lived close to me and he might have told on me."
Again, Georgians are being asked to voluntarily obey the new water use restrictions, but the Georgia Environmental Protection Division may end up making mandatory restrictions. There are no set hours on the selected days.
The state's outdoor water ban was lifted in January of last year after a four-year drought ended.