Water and the many issues and concerns that surround it continue to swirl in political, agricultural and economic circles. When drought conditions hit, the value of water becomes even more urgently evident.

The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and UGA Extension look at the many prisms of water in all teaching, research and Extension programs. Extension agents educate farmers, homeowners, 4-H'ers, community leaders and businesses through workshops, activities and projects.

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Popular Publications
  • Your Household Water Quality: Odors in Your Water (C 1016) Homeowners sometimes experience unpleasant odors in their household water. In many cases, the exact cause of the odor is difficult to determine by water testing; however, this publication provides a few general recommendations for treating some common causes of household water odors.
  • Understanding Laboratory Wastewater Tests: I. ORGANICS (BOD, COD, TOC, O&G) (C 992) For most people a complete understanding of the standard methods required to accurately complete critical wastewater analytical tests is not necessary. However, a fundamental understanding of the theory behind and working knowledge of the basic procedures used for each test, and the answers to commonly asked questions about each test can be a valuable tool for anyone involved in generating, monitoring, treating or discharging process wastewater.
  • Factors to Consider in Selecting a Farm Irrigation System (B 882) The majority of agricultural irrigation systems in Georgia fit into one of two broad categories: sprinkler irrigation and micro-irrigation. Sprinkler irrigation systems include center pivot, linear move, traveling gun, permanent set and solid set. Micro-irrigation systems include drip (or trickle) irrigation and micro-sprinklers. No one system is best for every application. Once you decide to install an irrigation system, you must consider several important factors before deciding which system is best for your situation. This publication is intended primarily for the farmer who has made the decision to irrigate and is in the process of deciding what type system will best fit into his or her operation.
  • Water Quality and Common Treatments for Private Drinking Water Systems (B 939) An abundant supply of clean, safe drinking water is essential for human and animal health. Water from municipal or public water systems is treated and monitored to ensure that it is safe for human consumption. Many Georgia residents, especially in rural areas, rely on private water systems for human and livestock consumption. Most private water systems are supplied by wells. Water from wells in Georgia is generally safe for consumption without treatment. Some waters, however, may contain disease-causing organisms that make them unsafe to drink. Well waters may also contain large amounts of minerals, making them too “hard” for uses such as laundering, bathing or cooking. Some contaminants may cause human health hazards and others can stain clothing and fixtures, cause objectionable tastes and odors, or corrode pipes and other system components.
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UGA-affiliated sites

Water at UGA Tracks the current status of drought in Georgia and other water-related issues. This blog also features statewide outdoor water use schedules in addition to links to climatological data, outlooks, a news archive, and other related topics.

Impact Statements: Water Descriptions of Extension efforts to improve knowledge and practices related to water.

Impact Statements: Drought Descriptions of Extension efforts to improve knowledge and practices related to drought.

CAES Hot Topics: Water and Drought Resource of information covering water and droughts, which includes related impact statements and reports, and relevant articles from the Water at UGA blog and the CAES Newswire.

UGA Department of Crop and Soil Sciences Learn more about the crop and soil sciences department at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

External sites

National Water Program Creates and disseminates knowledge that insures a safe and reliable source of water of the appropriate quality throughout the United States and its territories. Site includes information about research, education, and extension programs.

Southern Regional Water Program Site that applies knowledge to improve water quality in New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina. It features program areas, reports and resources, success stories, regional links, contacts, partners, youth programs and information, and related links.

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Water at UGA This blog tracks the current status of drought in Georgia and other water-related issues, and is provided by the UGA CAES Water Resource Management Specialist and the UGA CAES Water Committee.
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  • 4-H20 Camp Annual camp attracts 4-H members from south Georgia counties. Published: 06/15/17
  • Cotton Irrigation UGA Extension physiologist John Snider recommends farmers use sensor-based irrigation scheduling. Published: 05/17/17
  • Record Highs Drought expands in southern Georgia as Atlanta, Augusta and Savannah all record their warmest April on record. Published: 05/10/17
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