Many don't know about water restrictions

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News 12 at 11 o'clock, May 21, 2007

COLUMBIA CTY, Ga.---County and state water restriction have been in place for a little over a month now, but a lot of you are still not sure what the rules are. Which day to water and how long are the questions that many don't seem to know the answers to.

News 12 checked into the issue to help you make sure you don't break the rules.

Some residents in Columbia County didn't know they were doing anything wrong...but now they're making sure they're on the right track.

Water restriction schedules can be confusing or just hard to remember. Many don't know they're there.

"Even numbers are Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Or the other...I'm not real sure," Joe Todd said.

"My husband set up all the water schedules before all the restrictions took place," said Mary Pat Seal.

"Are there some restrictions?" Don Jordan asked.

Yep, you betcha. Watering restrictions are in effect statewide and are being monitored by local agencies. There are fees and penalties if you don't follow them. Don Jordan, Joe Todd and Mary Pat Seal all live in a Columbia County subdivision where the fines can be quite costly. That reason alone has motivated them to make sure they water on the right day.

"Right now I've been watering probably not on the correct days, but I've been watering in the mornings...5:30, 6:00 in the morning," Todd said.

"We've always abided by those, but this time...he'll get it fixed this weekend," Seal laughed.

"Today's Monday. There's no watering," we informed Jordan.

"Oh, I didn't know that!" he said. "So I'm okay for the rest of the week?"

Well, not exactly, but we'll explain that in a moment.

Since Don Jordan moved to Columbia County two years ago from Arkansas, he's done all he can to save water and keep his yard up too.

Seal says water restrictions are not new to her family, but it's hard to keep up with what's current.

"We're military family, so we've moved all over the country, and there have always been water restrictions," she said. "A lot of people think there's a never-ending supply, and it's absolutely not true."

"It is our most precious resource," she said.

Not knowing your water schedule is no excuse and will still put you in violation without you even knowing that's why these three neighbors are trying to make sure they know the real deal.

"If they are going to put a restriction in place, they are going to have to enforce it," Seal said. "They're going to have to send people out and make sure they're not doing something they're not supposed to do."

"Water restrictions are important," Todd said. "I mean, they obviously do it for a reason. I think if you don't have water restrictions, the water levels just keep getting lower and lower, so it's pretty important to our whole community."

Here are the water usage guidelines for Richmond County and Columbia County:

  • residents with even numbered addresses may water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
  • esidents with odd-numbered addresses may water on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
  • no outside watering is permitted on Mondays.
  • watering is allowed from midnight to 10 a.m. only.

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