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Despite rainfall, southwest GA water restrictions won't change

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April 1, 2008

Albany-  Watering restrictions won't change.  Even though the National Weather Service no longer considers southwest Georgia a part of the state's drought, the Environmental Protection Division will keep water restrictions in place. 

Tuesday, the E.P.D. announced they have no plans to relax the level two restrictions for south Georgia.  That means outdoor watering will continue on the even, odd schedule and between the hours of midnight and 10:00 a.m.  The E.P.D. won't consider changes again until at least July. 

"Usually what they do is look at several month increments, usually three months at a time, they leave it in place for three months, they looked at it in January, now they're looking at it again April first and I'm sure by summer start they'll look at it again," said Lorie Farkas, WG&L Assistant General Manager Customer Relations.  Landscapers and other businesses who rely on water and have an Albany business license are exempt from the restrictions.

The restrictions also mean no weekend carwash fund raisers after 10 a.m. Water, Gas, and Light has suggestions for waterless car washes that still allow non-profit groups to hold their fundraisers.    

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