STREAM Awards for Exemplary Level 2 Drought Response
To recognize the achievements of the Metro Water District utilities, local governments and authorities, the District created the STREAM Awards. The inaugural awards were presented in 2016 as part of the District’s 15th anniversary celebration.
The 2017 STREAM Awards for Exemplary Drought Response Level 2 focused on the drought response in metro Atlanta. At the beginning of 2017, all District counties and cities were under Drought Response Level 2. In February, EPD dropped six counties back to Level 1, leaving nine Chattahoochee-Lanier counties under Level 2. Under the Level 2 declaration, utilities are required to implement four of 10 strategies for addressing water use and encouraging water conservation.
Exemplary Drought Response Level 2 strategies exemplify the criteria of STREAM: implement SUSTAINABLE practices; THOUGHTFUL and innovative in design; REGIONAL in scale; actively ENGAGE the community; APPLICABLE to other communities; and provide MEASURED success.
2017 Winner Announced
Congratulations to Cobb County Water System, winner of the 2017 STREAM Award for Exemplary Level 2 Drought Response, Large Utility. Cobb Water’s strategy was proactive and innovative. The staff started planning an implementation strategy long before the declaration was made when they realized conditions were worsening. They also prepared how to implement more difficult measures like pool cover requirements in the event of a Level 3 declaration.
Cobb Water ensured accessibility of resources and messaging for their residents by creating a landing page for drought and outdoor water use-related information. They expanded their reach in messaging by posting news alerts and updates on Nextdoor and with the Drought Busters campaign, modeled after Ghostbusters, which included YouTube videos and hashtags.
We appreciate the efforts of all our utilities and water authorities on getting the word out about the drought and spreading the message of water conservation.