And I do mean ever so slightly.  From the Sentinel:

Outdoor watering restrictions relaxed but with limits
By Winston Jones
Staff Writer

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) Tuesday relaxed its outdoor watering ban, but Douglasville-Douglas County Water and Sewer Authority (WSA) officials noted that some limits apply to the ruling.

“The EPD ruling allows for the use of drip irrigation and soaker hoses to water established plants, defined as shrubs, trees, vines and flower beds,” Barbara Williams, WSA spokesperson, said Thursday. “The use of drip irrigation and soaker hoses is not permitted on lawns and turf.”

Williams said this watering is limited to one hour per day, three days per week, between the hours of midnight to 10 a.m. Odd-numbered addresses may water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Even-numbered addresses may water Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Unnumbered addresses are considered odd-numbered, she said.

Williams said drip irrigation means, “the use of an irrigation system manufactured and sold specifically for delivering water through small, flexible pipes and emitters slowly and directly to the soil around the base of individual plants in a manner that minimizes evaporative losses, pooling, runoff and wetting of plant foliage.”

She said soaker hose is defined as “a hose that is connected to a typical outdoor faucet and is manufactured and sold specifically for delivering water slowly and directly to the soil around the base of individual plants by allowing water to seep from it in a manner that minimizes evaporative losses, pooling, runoff and wetting of plant foliage.

Williams said Douglas County remains under a Level Four, state-mandated drought response. All the current water restrictions and exemptions are listed on the WSA Web site, www.ddcwsa.com.

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