Metro Water District Approves Water Resource Management Plan with Integrated Approach(Atlanta, June 7, 2017) – The Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District Board today approved a Water Resource Management plan that brings together water supply and conservation, wastewater management, and watershed management into a single, integrated document. “Combining our three plans into one enables us to look at water management in a holistic fashion and more effectively meet the future needs of the Metro Water District,” said Boyd Austin, chairman of the Metro Water District Board. “This plan protects water quality and supply in the District as well as in downstream communities.” The plan, developed with robust stakeholder input, includes a range of action steps that build on the Metro Water District’s water conservation and management achievements. These new measures include:
- Expanding the residential toilet rebate program to include apartment buildings and other multi-family housing units
- Requiring new irrigation systems for large landscapes (greater than one acre and not including single-family properties) to include pressure regulators, master shut-off valves and flow sensors that detect and report high-flow conditions due to broken pipes or popped sprinkler heads.
- Requiring utilities to identify and reduce real water system losses to meet goals set for 2025.
- Requiring increased coordination among local government departments and other stakeholders to improve overall water management.