On March 8, 2018, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) lifted the Level 1 Drought Response in 12 north Georgia counties that rely on Lake Lanier for water supply. Paulding County is now under 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. Many types of outdoor water use are allowed under the law. View more information on the non-drought schedule.