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June 14, 2016

Metro Water District celebrates historic 15 year milestone

Elected officials, community leaders and water experts are marking 15 years of successful stewardship of the region's water resources.  A press release issued by the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District (Metro Water District) listed a series of achievements during that timeframe.

Over the past 15 years, the 15 counties, 92 cities, and 55 water systems in the Metro Water District have adopted and updated plans for water supply and water conservation, watershed protection and wastewater management. Significant achievements include:

A 10 percent reduction in total water use since 2000, even as the population has grown by more than 1 million. A decrease in per capita water use of more than 30 percent since 2000. A 50 percent reduction in the number of sewer spills since 2001. A toilet rebate program that has helped replace over 110,000 old and inefficient toilets in metro Atlanta.

Katie Kirkpatrick, MAC Chief Policy Officer and Metro Water District Vice Chair, attended Monday's event and remarked on the significance of the anniversary.

"This is an historic milestone for our region and the Metro Atlanta Chamber is proud to be a partner in protecting our precious water supply.  We look forward to collaborating in future years to further efforts to encourage a culture of conservation."

State Representative Lynn Smith (R-Newnan) and State Senator Frank Ginn (R-Danielsville), chairs of their respective Natural Resources and Environment Committees, presented a resolution honoring the organization's accomplishments.  U.S. Congressman Lynn Westmoreland delivered the days keynote address and STREAM Awards were bestowed on outstanding conservation projects across the region.  A full list of award recipients can be found here.

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