Thanks to all who attended the May 3rd Drought Management & Water Conservation Partnerships conference!
Our next meeting will be Thursday, July 6 at GAWP. Click here to register.
Meeting Agendas and Notes from the previous meeting are posted below.
Thank You for your interest in the Georgia Water Wise Council (GWWC)! We are a section of the Georgia Association of Water Professionals. Any member of GAWP can join GWWC.
The GWWC promotes and encourages water conservation and efficiency practices, standards, and policies for the benefit of Georgia's citizens. This is what we do:
- Accumulate and disseminate pertinent water-related information.
- Increase public awareness of the value of sound water management practices and increased water conservation and efficiency.
- Establish an education network through a consortium of government, educators, businesses, stakeholders, and citizens to develop and disseminate water related information, programs, and activities.
- Develop and encourage statewide conservation and efficiency standards and policy for the benefit of Georgia's citizens.
The Georgia Water Wise Council supports the following key principles:
- Water efficiency is the accomplishment of a function, task, process, or result with the minimal amount of water feasible. (e.g. toilet flushing or showering).
- Emergency response is a reduction in water use, waste, or loss in response to a water shortage. It can involve curtailments of water heavy practices in times of resource stress.
- Water efficiency is one method to extend existing water supplies without expensive infrastructure and supply development in Georgia.
- Water efficiency results in an incremental decrease in water consumption and should be incorporated into water utilities’ financial plans, like any other supply option. This can mitigate the revenue impacts of efficiency programs.
- Availability of safe and reliable water is essential for attracting and maintaining economic development in the state.
- Having a water efficiency plan in place can lessen the impact of droughts on the water supply and possibly reduce the need for more austere conservation measures, like water bans and development moratoriums.
- Water efficiency is a fundamental resource planning tool and should be considered for funding and implementation on an equal basis with other means of meeting supply needs in Georgia.
- Cost effective water efficiency efforts should be evaluated as a part of reviewing applications for new supply.
- Water efficiency is not the entire solution to Georgia’s water needs, but is a vital component.
- Water efficiency can be achieved most successfully through a program that incorporates cost-effective supply-side and demand-side measures.
- Water efficiency enhances the environment through increased flows in Georgia’s water ways enhancing the natural environment and improving quality of life for Georgia residents.