ACTION ITEM

Protect Public Water Supplies and Water Quality

A clean abundant water supply is vital to the continued prosperity of the Atlanta region. Innovative approaches for better managing the supply and quality of our water resources support economic growth while also preserving the region’s natural resources. This type of integrated water management, which includes a robust education program, is a key focus of the Metro Water District’s 2016 Plan Update.

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HELPING THE REGION CONSERVE WATER

The Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District’s integrated management plan is instrumental in making water conservation a priority in north Georgia. This plan details 19 aggressive water conservation measures that are being implemented by local utilities, helping the region save water and sustainability manage our supplies.

The results:

Since 2000, total water use in the region has dropped by more than 10 percent, even as the population has increased by 1 million. Per capita water use in the Metro Water District has dropped by more than 30 percent since 2000.

30% per capita decrease in water usage since 2000

The Atlanta region’s water conservation measures include:

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TAKING AN INTEGRATED APPROACH TO WATER MANAGEMENT

The Metro Water District is continually refining its approach to integrated water planning. The District and its member governments understand that water is one system – and must be managed as such. The District’s integrated approach to water supply, conversation and efficiency, stormwater and wastewater considers and seeks to improve our understanding of the impacts, efficiencies and effectiveness, including interdependencies and trade‐offs, of a particular action or set of actions.

PLAN IN ACTION: Clayton County Wetlands

Clayton County Water Authority Wetlands

Clayton County Water Authority wetlands

Challenged with both low supply and a need for increased wastewater treatment capacity, the Clayton County Water Authority constructed wetlands to further treat its wastewater so it can be safely released into a reservoir downstream.

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COLLABORATION AND COORDINATION

The Metro Water District, staffed by the Atlanta Regional Commission, brings together 15 counties, 92 cities and more than 60 water utilities to implement an array of strategies designed to protect water quality and ensure we continue to manage and use the region’s water in a sustainable manner. Guided by science, data and good stewardship, the Metro Water District establishes integrated and comprehensive strategies to address all aspects of sustainable water management.

Map - Metro Water District - click to enlarge

 It is the policy of ARC to:

  • Encourage innovative approaches and leverage resources to secure, conserve and develop the region’s water supplies
  • Encourage and support innovative approaches to improving water quality
  • Work with local jurisdictions to promote growth in a way that protects
    natural resources