Georgia EPD issues Level One Drought Response

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – “Trees should get about 50 gallons of water per week,” said Chair of the Friends of Tattnall Square Park Andrew Silver.

Tattnall Square Park shows off its fountain and its trees every day.

“I just want to make sure we’re taking care of them after they’ve been put in the ground,” said Silver.

Andrew Silver with Friends of Tattnall Square Park wants to make sure that keeps going.

“We’re going to do everything we can to make sure these trees not only live, but thrive,” said Silver.

Even with the level one drought response the Georgia Environmental Protection Division issued last week.

“In a drought it’s particularly hostile for the trees to be in the ground without any water,” said Silver.

The level one isn’t as stringent as the level two issued to the Atlanta area.

It simply requires your water provider to let you know about the drought.

“We were one of 52 counties that they imposed that level one,” said Macon Water Authority Water Treatment Manager Gary McCoy.

That’s where Gary McCoy and the Macon Water Authority steps in.

“Just use water wisely,” said McCoy.

That means following the rules already in place.

“You can water everyday except for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m,” said McCoy.

But monitor your usage a little more.

“Your dishwashers and washer machines–wash on full loads, take shorter showers, and you don’t have to water your grass for hours,” said McCoy.

McCoy says Javors Lucas Lake will continue to provide water.

“Right now in Bibb County we’re still in great shape,” said McCoy.

Silver is volunteering to help water trees in parks, and you can too.

“Take a little bit of time see if you can take a bucket of water or hose out to a tree planted by our hardworking tree crew and help keep that tree alive for the next generation of people,” said Silver.

A next generation that will appreciate volunteer work we do now.

“We’ve seen the joy that people take and pride they take and we want to make sure that carries through so that 100 years from now these little trees will be good shade trees and give people a beautiful place to be,” said Silver.

If you want to get involved with Friends of Tattnall Square Park, head over to their Facebook page.

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