Georgia Chapter Organizes "Stormwater
Utilities Case studies” Workshop
stormwater utilities have proven to be beneficial to many communities in
Georgia, they are still somewhat misunderstood by many water professionals and
the general public. These utilities also tend to be heavily litigated entities,
in Georgia and the rest of the country.
Sunday July 14th, the Georgia Chapter of AWRA hosted the "Stormwater Utilities
Case studies” Workshop as part of the "pre-conference” activities of the
Georgia Association of Water Professionals annual conference. It was a small
group of very committed folks who were willing to give up their Sunday in the
charming old City of Savannah! But, since we had the diehard stormwater
enthusiasts, the workshop was very interactive.
Watt, Secretary Treasurer of national AWRA, kicked off the event with greetings
from the national association as well as a brief Florida perspective on
stormwater utilities. The workshop looked at the approximately 45 utilities
that currently exist in the State of Georgia. We compared and contrasted how the
utilities are set-up and the circumstances that led to their creation. The
speakers also shed some light on the operational benefits of a utility and the
challenges they face in managing customers’ expectations. Finally, we compared and
contrasted the methods in which the stormwater bill is delivered to customers
and the mechanisms used to enforce payment. Our discussions also delved into
the key issues that various local governments in Georgia considered when they
decided to set-up a storm water utility in their community.