Georgia Water Restrictions - Can your home be Power Washed?

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Most people are not aware that they can still have their home or driveway pressure washed by a Pressure Washing Company. They are not allowed to do it themselves, since they're individuals and not a business. However, businesses such as Pressure Washing Companies or Painting Contractors are still allowed to conduct their daily business.  Visit today, then call and schedule to have your home washed before the restrictions get tighter!

Despite its remarkably better cleaning performance a pressure washer uses dramatically less water than a garden hose thus protecting the environment. Typically a garden hose with 60 psi water supply pressure uses up to 600 gallons of water per hour, whereas a pressure washer uses only about 180 gallons per hour but supplied at a pressure of 1500psi and upwards.  Basically, pressure washing uses about 80% less water than a garden hose.

You can also visit to find information about How to Conserve Water at Home

According to 391-3-30-.05 Exemptions 5 (h)  as quoted below: (to view the entire rules click on the link below)



(5) The following commercial outdoor water uses are exempt from the outdoor water use

schedules of this rule.

(a) Professionally certified or licensed landscapers, golf course contractors, and

sports turf landscapers: during installation and 30 days following installation

only. Professional landscapers must be certified or licensed for commercial

exemptions to apply.

(b) Irrigation contractors: during installation and as needed for proper

maintenance and adjustments only.

(c) Sod producers.

(d) Ornamental growers.

(e) Fruit and vegetable growers.

(f) Retail garden centers.

(g) Hydro-seeding.

(h) Power-washing.

(i) Construction sites.

(j) Producers of food and fiber.

(k) Car washes.

(l) Other activities essential to daily business.

(m) Watering-in of pesticides and herbicides on turf. 

The above is an excerpt from the "Rules of Georgia Department of Natural Resources Envirornmental Protection Division"

So, what's allowed and what's Not allowed?

Here's a short list of what's NOT Allowed under the Level 4 watering emergency now in effect in north Georgia:

  •  Non-profit fund-raising car washes
  •  Water running in decorative fountains, including those that re-circulate water
  •  Homeowner watering grass seed or plants, including plantings they installed themselves in the last 30 days
  •  Car washing except at a commercial car wash
  •  Watering outdoors with unused water from a bathtub faucet
  •  Outside pressure washing by a homeowner

Here's what's STILL Allowed under Level 4:

  • Pressure washing done by a commercial professional washing business
  • Watering outdoors with used bathtub water
  • Watering newly planted (in the last 30 days) turfgrass or ornamentals by a certified or licensed professional landscaper. (The homeowner must have proof showing the materials were installed by a professional.)
  • Watering a property from a private well or from a pond, lake or river
  • Watering a personal food garden

To get a more information on water conservation, here is another informative website:

This information was all provided courtesy of PowerWash Of Atlanta. Visit


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Mike Lintro

It does seem a little unfair that individuals are not allowed to use water to pressure wash, but companies are. It does make sense, but there should be some time of limitation. Like some people don't have a garden to water, so don't use a lot of water. Watering restrictions can be very hard on your lawn, and if it needs to be reseeded using hydroseed, it is hard to make sure it gets sufficient water.

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