Get Drought Ready

Drought is any shortage of water that causes related complications

From 2007 through the first part of 2009, Georgia faced one of the most severe droughts in history. Our rivers and reservoirs were at record lows, and many of our communities faced water shortages that could challenge their ability to meet water supply needs.

Prepare for Drought by Conserving Water

  • Wash only full loads of dishes and laundry. You’ll save water and energy.
  • Take a shower instead of a bath. Filling the bathtub uses about 50 gallons of water; a shower uses about 20 gallons.
  • Shorten your shower to five minutes.
  • Install a water-saving showerhead that uses 2.5 gallons/minute.
  • Think before you flush. Every eliminated flush can save between two and seven gallons of water.
  • Fix leaking faucets and toilets. Test for a leaking toilet by putting a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank. Wait a few minutes, then look in the bowl. If the food coloring has made its way there, you have a leak.
  • Turn off lights and cut the air conditioner back when not at home. Energy is produced using large volumes of water. Reducing energy demands can reduce the water needed to produce that energy.
  • Prepare food efficiently. Speed clean food by using a vegetable brush. Spray water in short bursts.
  • Defrost sensibly and don’t use running water. Defrost foods overnight in the refrigerator instead. Use the microwave or put wrapped food in a bowl of cold water.
  • Reduce dishwashing and limit dishwasher use to full loads. Use a rubber spatula to scrape dishes clean to limit pre-rinse. Soak really dirty pans or dishes for speedier washing.
  • Reuse clean household water. Collect shower water or water used to boil vegetables. Use it to water houseplants.
  • Avoid using your garbage disposal. Compost leftovers fruits and vegetables.
  • Use a glass for rinse water when brushing teeth or shaving instead of letting the faucet run. An electric razor also saves water.
  • Install a low-flow toilet. Low-flow toilets need only 1.6 gallons per flush, saving thousands of gallons per year. Unlike earlier models, low flow toilets available today receive high marks from consumers for overall performance.

Make a Drought Plan

  • Make a Ready kit. Experts recommend all kits include one gallon of water, per person, per day for every member of the family.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking eight to 12 glasses of water a day.
  • In an emergency, other sources of water may need to be used, such as your hot water tank. Further treatment of this water will be necessary.
    • Hot water tank – be sure gas or electricity is off, and drain the water from the valve near the bottom of the tank. Do not turn on the gas or electricity while the tank is empty. NOTE: Alternative sources may have a bad odor and taste, and may also carry disease-causing micro-organisms. All water of uncertain purity should be purified before using for drinking, food preparation or hygiene. Boiling or sanitizing will kill most bacteria, but will not remove other contaminate such as heavy metals and other chemicals.

Stay Informed

  • Follow your local water use restrictions. The most important thing you can during times of drought is to follow your local water municipalities’ current water restrictions. You can even get ahead of the curve and begin to conserve before restrictions are needed.
  • Contact your local water authority or utility district for information specific to your area.
  • Closely monitor a local radio station, TV station or NOAA Weather Radio for the latest information and follow “boil water advisory” guidelines and other instructions when they are issued.

Local Weather Alerts

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Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Altamaha River At Baxley Affecting Appling...tattnall...toombs And Wayne Counties Altamaha River At Charlotteville Affecting Jeff Davis...montgomery And Toombs Counties Altamaha River At Everett City Affecting Glynn...mcintosh And ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 8:50pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 8:50pmTarget Area: Appling; Tattnall; Toombs; Wayne

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Altamaha River At Baxley Affecting Appling...tattnall...toombs And Wayne Counties Altamaha River At Charlotteville Affecting Jeff Davis...montgomery And Toombs Counties Altamaha River At Everett City Affecting Glynn...mcintosh And ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 8:50pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 8:50pmTarget Area: Glynn; McIntosh; Wayne

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Altamaha River At Baxley Affecting Appling...tattnall...toombs And Wayne Counties Altamaha River At Charlotteville Affecting Jeff Davis...montgomery And Toombs Counties Altamaha River At Everett City Affecting Glynn...mcintosh And ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 8:50pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 8:50pmTarget Area: Jeff Davis; Montgomery; Toombs

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Altamaha River At Baxley Affecting Appling...tattnall...toombs And Wayne Counties Altamaha River At Charlotteville Affecting Jeff Davis...montgomery And Toombs Counties Altamaha River At Everett City Affecting Glynn...mcintosh And ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 8:50pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 8:50pmTarget Area: Long; Wayne

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Oconee River Near Oconee Affecting Johnson...washington And Wilkinson Counties Oconee River Near Dublin Affecting Johnson...laurens...washington And Wilkinson Counties Oconee River Near Mount Vernon Affecting Montgomery...treutlen And ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 8:45pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 10:44amTarget Area: Johnson; Laurens; Washington; Wilkinson

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Oconee River Near Oconee Affecting Johnson...washington And Wilkinson Counties Oconee River Near Dublin Affecting Johnson...laurens...washington And Wilkinson Counties Oconee River Near Mount Vernon Affecting Montgomery...treutlen And ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 8:45pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 10:44amTarget Area: Johnson; Washington; Wilkinson

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Oconee River Near Oconee Affecting Johnson...washington And Wilkinson Counties Oconee River Near Dublin Affecting Johnson...laurens...washington And Wilkinson Counties Oconee River Near Mount Vernon Affecting Montgomery...treutlen And ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 8:45pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 10:44amTarget Area: Montgomery; Treutlen; Wheeler

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Flint River At Bainbridge (us 27) Affecting Decatur County The Flood Warning Continues For The Flint River At Bainbridge (us 27). * From Monday Evening, Or Until The Warning Is Cancelled. * At 7:45 Pm Saturday The Stage Was 23.0 Feet. ...Read More.
Effective: February 24, 2020 at 9:00pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 8:44pmTarget Area: Decatur

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Ogeechee River Near Eden. * At 8 Pm Saturday The Stage Was 14.9 Feet. * Flood Stage Is 11.0 Feet. * Moderate Flooding Is Occurring. * Forecast, The River Will Continue Rising To Near 15.9 Feet By ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 8:43pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 8:43pmTarget Area: Bryan; Bulloch; Chatham; Effingham

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Ogeechee River Near Rocky Ford. * At 8 Pm Saturday The Stage Was 13.9 Feet. * Flood Stage Is 13.0 Feet. * Minor Flooding Is Occurring. * Forecast, The River Will Remain Steady And By Early Sunday ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 8:43pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 8:43pmTarget Area: Bulloch; Jenkins; Screven

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Ogeechee River At Midville. * At 8 Pm Saturday The Stage Was 8.1 Feet. * Flood Stage Is 6.0 Feet. * Minor Flooding Is Occurring. * Forecast, The River Will Rise To Near 8.3 Feet By Sunday Morning ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 8:43pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 8:43pmTarget Area: Burke; Emanuel; Jenkins

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Savannah River Near Clyo. * At 8 Pm Saturday The Stage Was 18.1 Feet. * Flood Stage Is 11.0 Feet. * Moderate Flooding Is Occurring. * Forecast, The River Will Rise To Near 18.4 Feet By Sunday Morning ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 8:43pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 8:43pmTarget Area: Effingham; Screven

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Canoochee River Near Claxton. * At 8 Pm Saturday The Stage Was 14.7 Feet. * Flood Stage Is 11.0 Feet. * Moderate Flooding Is Occurring. * Forecast, The River Will Continue To Fall. ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 8:43pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 8:43pmTarget Area: Evans

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Savannah River At Burtons Ferry. * At 8 Pm Saturday The Stage Was 18.5 Feet. * Flood Stage Is 15.0 Feet. * Minor Flooding Is Occurring. * Forecast, The River Will Remain Steady And By Early Sunday ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 8:43pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 8:43pmTarget Area: Screven

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Ohoopee River Near Reidsville. * At 8 Pm Saturday The Stage Was 20.7 Feet. * Flood Stage Is 11.0 Feet. * Major Flooding Is Occurring. * Forecast, The River Will Rise To Near 21.7 Feet By Early Monday ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 8:43pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 8:43pmTarget Area: Tattnall; Toombs

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Flint River Near Montezuma Affecting Dooly...macon And Sumter Counties Ocmulgee River Near Macon Affecting Bibb...houston...jones... Monroe And Twiggs Counties ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 8:37pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 4:30amTarget Area: Dooly; Macon; Sumter

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Flint River Near Montezuma Affecting Dooly...macon And Sumter Counties Ocmulgee River Near Macon Affecting Bibb...houston...jones... Monroe And Twiggs Counties ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 8:37pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 10:36amTarget Area: Bibb; Houston; Jones; Monroe; Twiggs

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Flint River Near Montezuma Affecting Dooly...macon And Sumter Counties Ocmulgee River Near Macon Affecting Bibb...houston...jones... Monroe And Twiggs Counties ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 8:37pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 10:36amTarget Area: Bleckley; Pulaski

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Flint River Near Montezuma Affecting Dooly...macon And Sumter Counties Ocmulgee River Near Macon Affecting Bibb...houston...jones... Monroe And Twiggs Counties ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 8:37pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 10:36amTarget Area: Dodge; Telfair; Wilcox

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Flint River At Newton (sr 37) Affecting Baker And Mitchell Counties The Flood Warning Continues For The Flint River At Newton (sr 37). * From Monday Evening, Or Until The Warning Is Cancelled. * At 7:45 Pm Saturday The Stage Was 18.6 Feet. ...Read More.
Effective: February 24, 2020 at 11:00pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 8:34pmTarget Area: Baker; Mitchell

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Flint River At Albany Affecting Dougherty County The Flood Warning Continues For The Flint River At Albany. * From Monday Afternoon, Or Until The Warning Is Cancelled. * At 8:15 Pm Saturday The Stage Was 21.4 Feet. ...Read More.
Effective: February 24, 2020 at 1:00pmExpires: February 25, 2020 at 4:00pmTarget Area: Dougherty

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Kinchafoonee Creek Near 11 E Of Dawson At Pinewood Rd In Lee County Affecting Lee County The Flood Warning Continues For The Kinchafoonee Creek Near 11 E Of Dawson At Pinewood Rd In Lee County. ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 4:36pmExpires: February 25, 2020 at 10:00pmTarget Area: Lee

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Alabama... Florida...georgia... Chattahoochee River At Columbia L&d Affecting Houston...jackson... Early And Seminole Counties ...flood Warning Extended Until Late Sunday Night...the Flood Warning Continues For ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 8:30pmExpires: February 24, 2020 at 2:24amTarget Area: Early; Seminole

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Little Ocmulgee River Near Scotland Affecting Telfair And Wheeler Counties Ohoopee River Near Swainsboro Affecting Emanuel And Treutlen Counties The Flood Warning Continues For ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 7:26pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 9:25amTarget Area: Telfair; Wheeler

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Coosa River Near Rome Mayos Bar L & D Park Affecting Floyd County Coosa River Near Plant Hammond Affecting Floyd County The Flood Warning Continues For The Coosa River Near Rome Mayos Bar L & D Park. * Until Further Notice. ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 7:19pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 9:18amTarget Area: Floyd

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Coosa River Near Rome Mayos Bar L & D Park Affecting Floyd County Coosa River Near Plant Hammond Affecting Floyd County The Flood Warning Continues For The Coosa River Near Plant Hammond. * Until Further Notice. ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 7:19pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 9:18amTarget Area: Floyd

Freeze Warning
...freeze Warning Remains In Effect Until 8 Am Est This Morning... * What...sub-freezing Temperatures As Low As 30 Expected. * Where...pierce, Coffee, Jeff Davis, Bacon, Appling, Wayne, Northern Ware And Atkinson Counties. * When...from 3 Am To 8 Am Est Sunday. * Impacts...frost And Freeze Conditions Could Kill Crops And ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 3:00amExpires: February 23, 2020 at 8:00amTarget Area: Appling; Atkinson; Bacon; Coffee; Jeff Davis; Northern Ware; Pierce; Wayne