Customers of the Macon Water Authority can now water their lawns in the afternoon on certain days of the week, based on their addresses.
The authority asked the state for an exemption to the Level 2 state watering restrictions because Javors Lucas Lake, the authority's reservoir, is almost at full pool, said authority Director Tony Rojas.
Residents must still limit their watering to three days a week, but the hours have been expanded. Whereas watering had only been permitted between midnight and 10 a.m., now it will also be allowed between 4 p.m. and midnight. In other words, watering is banned only from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Those with even-numbered addresses may water on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Those with odd-numbered addresses may water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
"The good thing about it is that people who don't have irrigation systems are going to be able to take care of their lawns when they get home from work," Rojas said. "I think the other system discriminated against people without irrigation systems," which can be set to run during the night.
For more information, see tomorrow's Telegraph.