The Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District was created by the Georgia General Assembly in 2001 to establish policy, create plans and promote intergovernmental coordination of regional water issues. It is the only major metropolitan area in the country where more than 100 jurisdictions are implementing such a comprehensive long-term water conservation program that is required and enforced. The Metro Water District is staffed by the Atlanta Regional Commission.
Funding comes from state appropriations and per capita local government dues. Monies are used to develop plans to protect water quality and public water supplies in and downstream of the region.
The Metro Water District, Georgia Environmental Protection Division, local governments, water utilities and numerous stakeholders all play important roles in developing and implementing the District's water resources strategies. Local governments and utilities are responsible for implementing the plans, and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division enforces the plans through their audit process.
The 26-member Metro Water District Governing Board sets policy and direction. It includes 16 elected officials as well as 10 citizen members. An Executive Committee and Finance Committee serve in an advisory capacity to the Governing Board. A Technical Coordinating Committee provides support with subcommittees focused on stormwater, wastewater, water supply and conversation and education. The six Basin Advisory Councils represent each of the major river basins within the planning region. These councils provide input on plan content and advise on the development and implementation of policy related to basin-specific issues.