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Water Department

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.

Toilet Retrofit Program

Outdoor Water Use Schedules

The Georgia Water Stewardship Act went into effect statewide on June 2, 2010.  It allows daily outdoor watering for purposes of planting, growing, managing, or maintaining ground cover, trees, shrubs, or other plants only between the hours of 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. by anyone whose water is supplied by a water system permitted by the Environmental Protection Division.

The following outdoor water uses also are allowed daily at any time of the day by anyone:


   •  Commercial agricultural operations as defined in Code Section 1-3-3;

   •  Capture and reuse of cooling system condensate or storm water in compliance with applicable local ordinances and state guidelines;

   •  Reuse of gray water in compliance with Code Section 31-3-5.2 and applicable local board of health regulations adopted pursuant thereto;

   •  Use of reclaimed waste water by a designated user from a system permitted by the Environmental Protection Division of the department to provide reclaimed waste water;

   •  Irrigation of personal food gardens;

   •  Irrigation of new and replanted plant, seed, or turf in landscapes, golf courses, or sports turf fields during installation and for a period of 30 days immediately following the date of installation;

   •  Drip irrigation or irrigation using soaker hoses;

   •  Hand watering with a hose with automatic cutoff or handheld container;

   •  Use of water withdrawn from private water wells or surface water by an owner or operator of property if such well or surface water is on said property;

   •  Irrigation of horticultural crops held for sale, resale, or installation;

   •  Irrigation of athletic fields, golf courses, or public turf grass recreational areas;

   •  Installation, maintenance, or calibration of irrigation systems; or

   •  Hydroseeding.

   •  Outdoor water use for any purposes other than watering of plants, such as power washing or washing cars, is still restricted to the current odd/even watering schedule.

   •  Odd-numbered addresses can water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. 

   •  Even-numbered and unnumbered addresses are allowed to water on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. 


The City asks its water customers to conserve this precious resource.  More information about the outdoor watering schedule can be found on the EPD web site at www.gaepd.orgTo learn more about water conservation, please go to the EPD Water Conservation web site at www.conservewatergeorgia.net.