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There’s snow in the forecast, but most of Georgia is still in a drought. Thanks to the rain over the past few weeks, there are now no Georgia counties experiencing exceptional drought conditions, which are the worst category in the U.S. Drought Monitor’s scale.

Still, there are actually water use restrictions in place for all of metro Atlanta. But those rules are being followed unevenly.

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Fireworks are now banned in more than 100 counties in Georgia, including the counties that make up metro Atlanta. Gov. Nathan Deal issued an executive order on Monday that declares a drought in those counties, thereby enabling him to restrict fireworks.

Water use restrictions in response to the drought are not yet in place in Georgia, though the governor told WABE that the state's drought response would be stepped up soon.

A sunken boat is exposed by receding water levels on Lake Lanier. Rainfall is expected Monday night, but water restrictions are expected to stay in place through the winter months.
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Restrictions on car washing, lawn watering and even running ornamental fountains could be coming to Georgia “very soon,” according to Gov. Nathan Deal.

“Obviously the best answer to all of this is to have rainfall,” Deal said, “But we can take proactive steps to try to preserve and conserve as much as possible.”

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The Georgia Environmental Protection Division has declared a drought in North Georgia, including the Atlanta area.

Friday morning, the agency announced a Level 1 drought in 53 counties. It requires a public information campaign on conservation, but no water use restrictions.

“Water utilities have already taken action to insure that water supplies are generally good, and practicing effective water conservation will help provide sufficient supplies through the coming months if dry conditions persist,” EPD Director Richard Dunn said in a statement.