Georgia EPD Elevates Drought Response Levels, Franklin County Declared Level 1
Worsening drought conditions throughout most of the state have prompted a Level 1 Drought Response declaration from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD). This means public water utilities in 103 counties, including Franklin, will be required to begin a public information campaign to help citizens better understand drought, its impact on water supplies and the need for water conservation.
To determine the appropriate level of drought response, EPD considers several factors including precipitation, stream flows, groundwater, reservoir levels, short-term climate predictions and soil moisture. EPD monitors and produces publicly available reports on these conditions on a monthly basis.
According to the statement from the EPD, the “drought has affected the entire state with conditions ranging from abnormally dry to extreme drought.” Furthermore, the EPD press release stated, “The current flash drought we are in is primarily agricultural, but it can also affect water supply….It came on quickly due to the intense daytime heating, lack of rainfall and sudden decrease in soil moisture we experienced in September.” As of October 18, 2019, Franklin County has been assigned a Level 1 Drought Response status.
The state’s drought response is centered on the ability of public water systems to supply adequate amounts of water. The Franklin County Water System is a blended system that utilizes sources of groundwater and surface water. At this time, we feel our system has ample ability to supply adequate water to our customers. However, it is important for us to collectively be good stewards of our water resources. During our drought response, we are encouraging customers to conserve water when possible.
Examples of ways to conserve water and be good water stewards:
• General outdoor watering is allowed only between 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m.
• Regularly check for, and repair, leaks inside and outside their home.
• Don’t leave the tap running when shaving, brushing teeth, and face washing.
• Only water your landscape when necessary. Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk or street.
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FCWS will no longer accept credit card payments over-the-phone. Effective August 1, 2019, the Franklin County Water System will no longer process over-the-phone credit card payments. We do accept cash, checks, and
money orders. We will also accept credit card payments in person with proper ID (processing fee does apply). For your convenience, we have a 24-hour drop box at our offices.
We now offer online bill pay for our Water Utility customers. Your account ID and PIN are located on your bill and will be required to access your account. Electronic payments will be posted to your account the next business day. If your water service has been disconnected for non-payment, please contact the Water Department.
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