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An Atlanta home violating the state's water restrictions in Piedmont Heights. Outdoor watering is only allowed 4 pm to 10 am two days a week: on Wednesdays and Saturdays for even-numbered addresses, and Thursdays and Sundays for odd-numbered addresses.
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We've gotten a lot of rain this summer, but there are still rules about using water in Atlanta because of the drought that -- until recently -- was pretty bad. So some water agencies are experimenting with new ways to let people know what's going on.

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Last week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hosted a Facebook Live event on the water level at Lake Lanier.

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At the beginning of the year, most of Georgia was in drought. Now, less than a third of the state is drier than usual.

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But there are still water use rules in place in metro Atlanta, even though the drought has improved dramatically.

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Georgia is loosening water use restrictions in more than 80 counties as the drought has eased, but not for most metro Atlanta counties.

The drought has improved in much of Georgia over the past couple months, but it's still affecting Lake Lanier and the Chattahoochee River.

So while the state is lifting outdoor water use rules in 86 counties, the restrictions are staying in place for 12 counties that rely on that water. They are Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Lumpkin, Paulding and White counties.


2016 was Georgia's warmest year in 122 years of record keeping. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Georgia was the only state in the lower 48 to break its record last year. (Alaska also experienced its warmest year on record.)

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As Atlantans prepare for the snow, buying groceries and heading home from work and school early, there's one thing there's not much anyone can do anything about -- at least not at this point: trees.

Lots of ice building up can break branches or take a tree down. But when trees fall during big storms, that usually means they were already having issues, says arborist Chris Heim, district manager at Davey Tree Company in Atlanta. The best thing to do to prevent that, he says, is to keep trees healthy in the first place – getting them checked and keeping them pruned.