Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District Wins Inaugural Southface Fulcrum Award

(ATLANTA – March 18, 2016) – The Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District (Metro Water District) has been named a Fulcrum Award winner by Southface in recognition of the tremendous progress the region has made in water conservation and stewardship.

Southface, the Southeast’s non-profit leader in promoting sustainable homes, workplaces and communities, held its inaugural Fulcrum Awards ceremony Tuesday night at the Georgia State University Student Center. The Fulcrum Awards honor people and projects aligned with the Southface Vision Statement: a regenerative economy, responsible resources use, social equity and a healthy built environment for all.

“We are thrilled to receive this award, which recognizes the great strides this region has made in water conservation during the past 15 years,” said Boyd Austin, chairman of the Metro Water District. “We also appreciate the opportunity to highlight the importance of water infrastructure to the region’s economy and overall vitality.”

The Metro Water District in 2003 adopted a Water Supply and Conservation plan that focuses on intensive water demand management and aggressive conservation efforts.

Thanks to the hard work of the water providers that have implemented this plan, as well as by local residents and businesses, the region’s per capita water use had fallen by nearly a third. And the latest water demand forecast shows the region will need 25 percent less water in 2050 than our previous forecast in 2009.

The region’s water conservation measures include:

  • A toilet rebate program, which has helped replace more than 110,000 old, inefficient toilets since 2008 in favor of low-flow models. This saves nearly 2.4 million gallons of water each day, or 900 million gallons per year.
  • Improved leak detection, thanks to new tools such as sonar that help identify trouble spots. In the past four years, utilities across the Metro Water District have located and repaired more than 23,000 leaks.
  • Tiered pricing, with rates that increase as the volume of water use rises, providing an added incentive for consumers to conserve.

Southface said the Metro Water District “has emerged as a national leader in water conservation and efficiency” and praised the District’s education and outreach efforts that have helped raise awareness about water conservation throughout the region.

The winners of the Fulcrum Awards were selected by panel of independent judges. Other winners were Kronberg Wall Architects, the Woda Group and the Water Hub at Emory University.

About the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District (Metro Water District)
The Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District is the planning organization 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 include Bartow, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Paulding and Rockdale counties. These plans protect water quality and public water supplies, protect recreational values of the waters and minimize potential adverse impacts of development on waters in and downstream of the region. Learn more at

About Southface
Southface is the Southeast’s nonprofit leader in the promotion of sustainable homes, workplaces and communities through education, research, advocacy and technical assistance. Learn more at