Water Supply and Conservation Plan

Water conservation is a critical element in meeting the water supply needs within the Metro Water District, today and in the future. The Water Supply and Water Conservation Management Plan is instrumental in making water conservation a priority in north Georgia. It details strategies for intensive water demand management and aggressive water conservation in our region. Since the adoption of the 2003 Water Supply and Water Conservation Management Plan, total water use has dropped by more than 10 percent despite a one million increase in population. In fact, Metro Atlanta’s regional per capita water use is lower in Metro Atlanta than in Tallahassee, Tampa, Birmingham and Montgomery.

The plan includes 19 aggressive water conservation measures that are implemented by local systems:

  1. Conservation pricing
  2. Replace older, inefficient plumbing fixtures
  3. Pre-rinse spray valve retrofit education program
  4. Rain sensor shut-off switches on new irrigation systems
  5. Sub-unit meters in new multi-family buildings
  6. Assess and reduce water system leakage
  7. Residential water audits
  8. Low-flow retrofit kits for residential users
  9. Commercial water audits
  10. Education and public awareness
  11. Install high efficiency toilets and high efficiency urinals in government buildings
  12. New car washes to recycle water
  13. Expedite existing programs to identify and reduce both real and apparent water losses*
  14. Multi-family high efficiency toilet rebate program*
  15. Install meters with point of use leak detection*
  16. Require private fire lines to be metered*
  17. Maintain a water conservation program*
  18. Water waste policy to reduce outdoor water waste
  19. High efficiency plumbing fixtures consistent with state legislation
*Metro Chattahoochee River and Lake Lanier water systems

Did You Know?


Toilet Rebate Program Saves 1 Billion Gallons of Water Per Year

In partnership with the Metro Water District, water providers have offered toilet rebate programs to single-family and multi-family residential customers who own properties built before 1993. Through this effort, more than 120,000 toilets have been replaced, saving nearly 2.4 million gallons per day.

Conservation Pricing Contributes to Regional Decline in Per Capita Water Use

One hundred percent of Metro Water District water providers have implemented a multi-tiered conservation rate structure for single-family residents. Residential rates increase with greater consumption in order to encourage conservation among residents.

Car Wash Recycling Reduces Facility Water Use by 35 Percent

Local governments have adopted an ordinance requiring all new drive-through car washes to recycle water, reducing facility water use by 35 percent.
Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District