Sunday, March 16, 2008
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett's watering ban could soon be in the hands of the county administrator.
Commissioners on Tuesday will consider giving County Administrator Jock Connell the power to continue, weaken or strengthen the current outdoor ban.
In December, commissioners imposed a program to force large-water customers to conserve, to fine outdoor ban violators and to give rebates if customers switch to low-flow toilets. But the measures expire at the end of the month.
Connell said county staffers are now studying the possibility of continuing the program, but he said he wanted to be able to make changes, if needed, without having to wait until commissioners have a meeting.
In the case of a deluge of rain, the ban, which currently includes hand watering of lawns, could be lifted, or if Lake Lanier continues to drain to its lowest-ever depths, officials could quickly impose more restrictions, Connell said.
He added that he plans to consult with commissioners prior to making a decision.
"It gives me the latitude and flexibility to make a decision without having to wait on them to make a vote," he said.
SideBar: If you go
What: Board of Commissioners meeting
When: 10 a.m. work session, 2 p.m. business session Tuesday
Where: Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville