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Georgia Drought

Natural Disasters

The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is actively working to research and educate the public in the area of drought.

As parts of Georgia continue to experience severe drought, Cooperative Extension researchers and agents are dedicated to helping them make the best use of their limited water resources.

End of winter rains break records and obliterate drought

April 2, 2013 — Rainfall across Georgia in February set a new record with a statewide average of 9.92 inches, alleviating the state’s drought conditions and recharging soil moisture just in time for the 2013 planting season. Read the news release.

Warm, wet December brings some drought relief, but not enough

January 3, 2013 — Georgia experienced a much warmer December than usual. Temperatures were 3-6 degrees above normal across the state. Rainfall totals ranged from more than 8 inches in the northern regions of the state to less than an inch along the coast. Read the news release.

UGA's agricultural climatologist

Agricultural climatologist Pam Knox works with a team of researchers who are studying changes in Georgia's climate and helping farmers find ways to adapt to those changes. Read the news release.

Read more about Georgia's weather conditions in the News Archive.

Statewide Outdoor Water Use Schedules

The Georgia Water Stewardship Act is still in effect. It allows daily outdoor watering for purposes of planting, growing, managing or maintaining ground cover, trees, shrubs, or other plants only between the hours of 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. by anyone whose water is supplied by a water system permitted by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.

Outdoor water use for any purposes other than watering of plants, such as power washing or washing cars, is still restricted to the current odd/even watering schedule.

  • Odd-numbered addresses can water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
  • Even-numbered and un-numbered addresses are allowed to water on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

If you have questions about outdoor water uses in your area, please contact your local water provider.

More information on outdoor water use is also available from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.

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