Gentlemen, start your sprinklers. From midnight to 10 a.m. on an odd-even schedule, of course.
City Manager Clarence Bryant announced Monday night that Commerce residents will be able to use water outdoors on an odd-even schedule by the end of the week.
“You can wash your car, water your lawn, whatever you want to do,” Bryant advised.
Like many other water providers in North Georgia, Commerce has been working with the EPD for months to try to get the water use restrictions reduced. At Monday night’s council meeting, Bryant announced that a letter from the EPD granting that relief was expected “tomorrow or the next day” (Tuesday or Wednesday) following “10 or 12 conversations with the EPD over the last three days.”
The watering of yards and landscapes will follow a schedule in which residents with odd-numbered street addresses can water from midnight to 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, while those with even-numbered addresses can water during the same hours Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
“You can wash your car, you can pressure wash your house,” said Bryan Harbin, the city’s director of water and sewer operations. “Basically, you can use outdoor water on the odd-even schedule.”
The odd-even schedule applies to those other functions, but not the midnight to 10 a.m. restriction, Harbin said.