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Lever 4 Water Restriction in Tift County

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May 29, 2007

Tifton -- Retired pharmacist Bo Wright agrees there's not much he can do about his lawn in Tifton.

"The lawns here in the neighborhood, they are dryer than mine."

Like many south Georgians, Bo's grass has suffered the affects of a lingering spring drought. And because county water supplies were enduring the same affects, Tifton Tift County Utilities implemented a level 4 watering restriction for all public water users.

"We implemented this step to ensure the water availability for our customers. And to set the example that we hope all communities will follow during this time of drought," says Tifton Tift County utilities director Russ Dorman.

For Tift's Public Water users, conservation is key. But there are certain exceptions during the ban.

While the water ban will be in effect here in Tift County for at least the next eleven days, city officials say if you have to water your plants or ornamental flowers, you can do so if you do so conservatively.

Tifton vice mayor Joe Lewis explains, "We're using our own modified version of the level four restriction, that is if you have potted plants. So if you have potted plants and you need to water them, and you need to keep those alive over the next couple of weeks, that's going to be a minimal use."

According to county water officials, the restriction has paid off so far. Over the last three days Tift county water officials say that they have seen a five hundred thousand gallon a day reduction in public water usage.