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The City of Buford receives its water from Lake Sidney Lanier, located just north of Buford.  We also purchase a portion of our water from the Gwinnett County Water Plant.  Lake Lanier is very low in point source and urban runoff pollutants.  The Buford Waterworks was built in 1934 to filter 500,000 gallons of drinking water per day.  In 1965, it was increased to 1 million gallons per day.  In 1994, the plant was high rated to 2 million gallons per day.  We plan to grow with the future needs of our citizens. 

2016 Water Quality Report

 

Please contact Customer Service at the City of Buford (678-889-4600) with questions concerning the Water Department.

 
 
 
 
 

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1. Install a low-flow pre-rinse spray valve  Spray Valve Brochure

2. Run your washing machine and dishwasher only when they are full and you could  save 1000 gallons a month.

3. Use the garbage disposal sparingly, compost instead and save gallons every time.

4. Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap for cold drinks, so that every drop goes down you not the drain.

5. If your shower can fill a one-gallon bucket in less than 20 sconds, then replace it with a water-efficient showerhead.

6. Time your shower to keep it under 5 minutes.  You'll save up to 1000 gallons a month.

7. Install low-volume toilets.


Outdoor Water Use Schedules

 

Dear City of Buford Water Customer:

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) has been monitoring climatic indicators and water supply conditions to assess drought and severity, as directed by the Rules for Drought Management, chapter 391-3-30.  The EPD Director has moved the City of Buford from a Level 2 Drought Response to a Level 1 Drought Response.   

 

Georgia EPD Eases Watering Limits, Reminds Citizens Year-round Conservation Needed

September 7, 2017

     The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) is easing outdoor water use restrictions in 55 counties including metropolitan Atlanta, but reminds Georgians that state law requires some statewide outdoor watering limits year-round.

     “Substantial rainfall over the past few months has led to significant improvement in streamflows and reservoir levels” said EPD Director Richard Dunn. 

     The state’s most recent Level 2 Drought Response has focused on Lake Lanier and its tributaries because they serve as water supply to much of metro Atlanta.  Lake Lanier is a federal reservoir and as such, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages its water levels.

     “Due to effective river basin management and above average rainfall, Lake Lanier water levels are up five feet since the start of the year,” said EPD Director Dunn.  “It is typically dry in the fall, but we expect the lake to continue to refill during the winter.  As drought recovery continues, we urge citizens to be good stewards of our water resources.”        

     Those counties moving from a Level 2 Drought Response to a Level 1 Drought Response are Cobb, Coweta, Dekalb, Douglas, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Lumpkin, Paulding and White counties.  EPD had already lifted Level 2 restrictions in the remainder of the state.

      A Level 1 Drought Response requires permitted public water systems to conduct a public information campaign to explain drought conditions and the need to conserve water.  This decision cancels the Level 2 Drought Response watering schedule that limited landscape watering to two days per week based on odd-even address numbers.  It also prohibited other types of water use including non-commercial vehicle washing and pressure washing.

     In addition, a Level 1 Drought Response has been lifted in the following Georgia counties: Athens-Clarke, Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Butts, Carroll, Chattooga, Cherokee, Clayton, Dawson, Elbert, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Gordon, Greene, Haralson, Harris, Hart, Heard, Henry, Jackson, Jasper, Lamar, Madison, Meriwether, Monroe, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Pickens, Pike, Putnam, Rockdale, Spalding, Stephens, Talbot, Taliaferro, Troup, Upson, Walton and Wilkes counties.

     Georgians must still follow the non-drought outdoor water use schedule required in the Water Stewardship Act of 2010.  This law allows all types of outdoor water use, but landscape watering only before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. daily.  This is done to limit evaporation during the warmest part of the day.   

     More information about water conservation and drought is available at https://epd.georgia.gov/water-conservation.

 

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