Georgia Water Loss Control Manual
On June 2, 2010 Governor Sonny Perdue signed the Georgia Water Stewardship Act (GWSA) of 2010 (SB 370/HB 1094).
This Act is a landmark, multifaceted approach to water conservation and requires specific action by water providers serving over 3,300 in population. Approximately 250 water providers are affected by this Act.
Section 3 of the GWSA amends O.C.G.A 12-5-4 and requires the following:
- Water systems serving over 3,300 in population must conduct an annual water system audit.
- Water systems serving over 3,300 in population must implement a water loss detection program.
- GA DNR will develop minimum guidelines, which will require public water systems to conduct standardized annual water loss audits according to the International Water Association (IWA) method/standard and to submit those audits to the Division (GA EPD).
Methodology for Water Loss Audits
The GWSA requires over 250 water system providers to conduct annual water audits according to the International Water Association methods, following best practices adopted by the State Environmental Protection Division (GA EPD). The GA Association of Water Professionals (GAWP) has developed a Georgia Water Loss Control Manual (GA Manual) to define and describe the best practices specifically for Georgia water systems.
The GA Manual has been built around the same themes as the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Free Water Audit Software ©, (version 5.0) and will assist water providers in utilizing this required software. This manual is available for electronic download at the bottom of this page.
GA EPD strongly urges the affected water system to obtain and become well acquainted with the AWWA M36 Manual and the AWWA Free Water Audit Software ©, version 5.0 Click here to download the software. This software is the REQUIRED methodology for performing a water audit, and it follows the IWA methodology/standard.
Deadlines and Updates
The Georgia Water Loss Committee will be updating the GA Manual. Please feel free to contact the committee with any suggestions or recommendations for inclusion in the Revised GA Manual. Submit suggestions to Pam Burnett.
For public water systems serving greater than 10,000 individuals (population served) GWSA requires audits be submitted to EPD by March 1st, 2012. Initial water audits must cover the time period between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011 (the 2011 calendar year). For those water systems that may need an extension in submitting their reports due to technical limitations (such as two-month billing cycles, etc.), EPD will address the situation on a case-by-case basis.
All Audits for Systems serving 3,300 customers or greater are to be submitted to EPD by March 1, 2013, for the period between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012 (Calendar year 2012). The audits will be turned in annually for all applicable systems by the first business day of March. For those few water systems that may need an extension in submitting their reports due to technical limitations (such as tow-month billing cycles, etc.), EPD will address the situation on a case-by-case basis.
If you are unsure if your water system is required to complete the audit please contact: Johanna Smith at Johanna.Smith@dnr.ga.gov, GA Drinking Water Program (404) 656-6937.
Documents to be submitted to EPD include the following:
- AWWA Free Water Audit Software: Reporting Worksheet
- AWWA Free Water Audit Software: Water Balance
- all Excel files associated with your workbook to include the 'Information Instruction Sheet"
Note: In the future, water withdrawal permits, water plant production increases, and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds/Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (DWSRF/GEFA) loans may take into consideration water audit results and the development and implementation of water loss abatement programs.
The GWSA of 2010 requires EPD to post all submitted audits on the Internet. Therefore, electronic submissions are required from all affected water systems (see notation#2 above). Submissions should be emailed to EPD following instructions specified in the GA Manual.
The 2011 Audit Results for water systems serving more than 10,000 customers have been posted. They can be viewed here.
Technical Support and Resources
Updated information and preliminary resources on this new program will be available online at this web location and on GA EPD's website at www.ConserveWaterGeorgia.net. Programmatic updates to include changes to the GA Water Loss Control Manual, tentative technical workshop dates, official rules and rule-making processes/schedule, and additional water auditing resources will be found here. As more material and resources are developed and made available, they will be posted at both online locations.
The Georgia Water Loss Audit Committee is a great resource for information on: completing the audit, updates to technical resources, and how to improve operations through water loss abatement programs. The committee members can offer input and assistance with issues dealing with water loss auditing and control programs. You can contact Susana Lanier to participate in the committee.
Georgia Water Loss Control Manual
Questions? Call GAWP (770) 618-8690