(Las Vegas, October 5, 2017) – The Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District (Metro Water District) announced today that it has been named a WaterSense Promotional Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Metro Water District earned this national award for the second year in a row, in recognition of its innovative conservation programming and close collaboration with its network of partners.
Each year, the EPA recognizes WaterSense partners for their commitment to promoting water efficiency and strengthening the drought resiliency of communities across the country. More than 1,700 utilities, manufacturers, retailers, builders and organizations partner with WaterSense, a program sponsored by EPA that promotes water-efficient products, homes and services. Only a select few are recognized for their significant program contributions and fewer still are named Promotional Partners of the Year.
“The Metro Water District works diligently every day to promote water conservation and economic vitality in our region,” said Charlotte Nash, Chairman of the Metro Water District. “We are honored to be recognized by the EPA’s WaterSense Award for the impact of our work.”
The EPA annually honors the partners that have most successfully promoted water efficiency and strengthened the drought resiliency of communities across the country. EPA’s WaterSense partners have helped Americans save more than 2.1 trillion gallons of water and $46.3 billion in water and energy bills since the program began in 2006.
“Since 2006, utilities, manufacturers, retailers, builders, communities, states, and other organizations have voluntarily supported WaterSense program’s efforts to protect and preserve our nation’s water supply for future generations,” said WaterSense Program Manager Veronica Blette. “By saving water together, these award winners and all of our partners help consumers and businesses realize the environmental and economic benefits of water efficiency.”
In addition to 16 Water District members that are among the Georgia WaterSense utility or government partners, the District also works closely with the University of Georgia Extension, Southface, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Georgia’s Keep America Beautiful affiliates, plumbing supply stores and local community improvement districts.
The Metro Water District’s outreach projects include Fix a Leak Week, school water efficiency workshops, Georgia State University’s EarthFest, the Water Drop Dash 5K and Water Festival, and a calendar photo contest. The Water Drop Dash is particularly visible in the community, bringing together District utilities, partners, corporate sponsors and nonprofits. More than 700 runners participated in the fourth annual 5K race.
The Water District also participates in other WaterSense events and campaigns, such as Sprinkler Spruce up and Shower Better. WaterSense has been instrumental in the Atlanta region’s efforts to reduce water use. Since 2001, total water use in the metro Atlanta has fallen by 10 percent, even as the population increased by one million.
About the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District (Metro Water District)
The Metro Water District is dedicated to developing comprehensive regional and watershed-specific water resources plans to be implemented by local governments in the 15-county metro Atlanta region, which includes Bartow, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Paulding and Rockdale counties. These plans conserve public water supplies, protect water quality and recreational values of the waters and minimize potential adverse impacts of development on waters in and downstream of the region. Learn more at www.northgeorgiawater.org.
WaterSense, a partnership program sponsored by EPA, seeks to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by offering consumers and businesses simple ways to use less water with water-efficient products, homes, and services.