September 16, 2021

Drought Forces Water Ban in Heard County

Jimmy Knight, the executive director of the Heard County Water Authority, told the Citizen today that due to the total lack of rainfall over the last few weeks a total outdoor water ban will take effect in Heard County beginning next Wednesday September 7. All local residents are encouraged to limit all unnecessary water usage beginning immediately as water levels in county supply creeks have dwindled at a very rapid rate over the past few weeks. The details of the restrictions are outlined below.


Water Ban Effective
September 7, 2011

Due to the continued lack of rain the Heard County Water Authority is forced to implement a total outdoor water use ban. This ban applies to all residential and commercial customers of the authority. The permitted and prohibited outdoor uses are as follows.

1. All landscape watering. (See #1 below)
2. Washing of vehicles, such as cars, boats, motorbikes, airplanes and golf carts.
3. Filling of installed swimming pools except when necessary for health care or structural integrity.
4. Washing of buildings or structures except for immediate fire protection.
5. Non-commercial fund-raisers, such as car washes.
6. Using water for ornamental purposes, such as fountains, reflecting pools, and waterfalls except when necessary to support aquatic life.

1. The irrigation of home gardens.
2. Irrigation or water use by the following licensed commercial entities and certified or licensed professionals:

  •     a. The irrigation of newly installed landscaping for up to 30 days.
  •     b. Sod producers
  •     c. Ornamental growers
  •     d. Fruit and vegetable growers
  •     e. Producers of food and fiber
  •     f. Car washes
  •     g. Watering in of pesticides and herbicides
  •     h. Other activities essential to daily business

The Heard County Water Authority appreciates everyone’s cooperation as we ensure our supply of water for essential uses.


Creek levels near the treatment plant have dwindled quickly over the past two weeks



  1. Bring it on Tropical Storm Lee!!!!

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