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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.

 2015 Water Quality Report


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


Conservation Tips

How Water-Smart is Your Household?
Try this Do-It-yourself Household Assessment:  Household Water Audit
How Water-Smart is Your Business/Industry?
Find out in this Water Efficiency Manual:  Water Efficiency Manual

Tips For Conserving Water Indoors

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.   Some areas of Georgia are facing persistently dry conditions. 


The Georgia EPD Director, Richard Dunn,  has declared a Level 1 Drought Response for 53 Georgia counties for permittees using surface and/or groundwater.   

A Level 1 Drought Response requires that the Buford public water system implement a public information campaign.  

A Level 1 Drought Response for water conservation in Buford should include, but is not limited to:

    • Regularly check for, and repair, leaks inside and outside their home or business
    • Don’t leave the tap running. When shaving, brushing teeth, washing face, turn off the tap.
    • Only water your landscape when necessary and adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk or street.
    • Check toilet that may be continuously running due to leaky seals, floats, etc.

Under the Level 1 Drought Response,  the following activities may be done at any time of day:

    • Irrigation of personal food gardens may be done at any time of day;
    • Irrigation of new and replanted plant, seed, or turf may be done at any time of day for 30 days after installation;
    • Drip irrigation or irrigation using soaker hoses may be done at any time of day; and
    • Handwatering with a hose with automatic cutoff or handheld container may be done at any time of day.
    • General landscape watering may be done between 4pm and 10am each day.
    • More water conservation information is available at http://epd.georgia.gov/water-conservation

The Rules for Drought Management are available at http://rules.sos.ga.gov/gac/391-3-30.  A public report on current climatic indicators, prepared pursuant to the rule, is available at http://epd.georgia.gov/water-conservation.

 EPD Level 1 Drought Response 09092016.pdf

Map EPD Level 1 Drought Response 09092016.pdf