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Officials Urge Water Conservation as Lake Level Drops

Drought conditions continue with Lake Lanier expected to reach more than 10 feet below full pool by mid-October.

Gwinnett County officials are urging residents to conserve water during current drought conditions.

According to a press release, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is predicting that by mid-October Lake Lanier’s water level will drop below 1060 feet, which is more than 10 feet below full pool.

“Residents need to be aware that we are in another drought and remember how important it is to save water since we don’t know just how much rain we’ll get this winter,” said Lynn Smarr, acting Water Resources director.

Officials are reminding residents that single-family homeowners can take advantage of the department’s toilet rebate program, which provides up to two $100 rebates per residence for homes built before 1993. Beginning Jan. 1, 2012, multifamily residences will also be eligible to receive the credit as long as funds last.

The Gwinnett County Water Department is offering a free water conservation workshop from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, in the Gwinnett Justice and Administration auditorium. The workshop will show residents how to increase the water efficiency of their homes. Residents can send an e-mail to dwrconserve@gwinnettcounty.com to register for the workshop. Attendees will receive a low-flow retrofit kit for showers and faucets, an outdoor water efficiency kit and a do-it-yourself home water audit guide.

Homeowners also may pick up the kits from the customer service counter at Water Resources’ Central Facility located at 684 Winder Highway in Lawrenceville during normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Msgoff October 13, 2011 at 12:40 AM
We should be conserving water every day, all the time. I just had a question come to mind; if you live in an apartment are you conserving water, especially if your landlord pays the water bill? I realize that in some apartment complexes the residents have to pay for water. We don't want to have to blame the POTUS when we don't have enough water to take a bath every day. :-)
Celena Evans October 13, 2011 at 01:26 AM
This is a good article as I had no idea we are officially in a drought. I hope people heed the recommendations in your article so the lake does not reach levels it did a few years ago.
SOGTP October 13, 2011 at 02:44 PM
Just keep in mind that conserving water lowers revenues for the water department. That means less money for the Bonds issued to pay for the water department. You might get a millage tax increase if those revenues fall to much, because you must make those interest and principal payments.
Msgoff October 13, 2011 at 04:52 PM
This sounds like a damned if you do and damned if you don't situation. So what is your suggestion Bill?
North Georgia Weather October 14, 2011 at 12:39 AM
Celena, I added a drought map image so you can see the extent of the drought in Georgia.

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