Lake Acworth at sunrise, photo by Irina Dimulescu
Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District (Metro Water District) won a Fulcrum Award from Southface this spring in recognition of the tremendous progress the region has made in water conservation and stewardship.
The Fulcrum Awards honor people and projects aligned with Southface’s vision for “a regenerative economy, responsible resource 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:
- Toilet rebate program – since 2008 this program has helped replace more than 110,000 old, inefficient toilets with low-flow models, saving nearly 2.4 million gallons of water each day and 900 million gallons per year.
- Improved leak detection – thanks to new tools like sonar that help identify trouble spots, utilities across the Metro Water District have located and repaired more than 23,000 leaks in the past four years.
- Tiered pricing – rates that increase as the volume of water use rises provide an added monetary incentive for consumers to conserve.
Southface, a nonprofit leader in the promotion of sustainable homes, workplaces and communities, selected the Metro Water District for its emergence as “a national leader in water conservation and efficiency” and praised the Water District’s education and outreach efforts for raising 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.