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Fulton Awarded “Water First Community” Status by Georgia Department of Community Affairs | Print |

Fulton County’s Department of Water Resources has been designated as a WaterFirst Community Program Partner by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. 


The WaterFirst Community Program is a voluntary partnership between local governments, state agencies, and other organizations recognizing communities that have demonstrated a strong commitment to water resource stewardship.  In seeking Water First certification, Fulton County underwent a lengthy review process with the Department of Community Affairs.

Water First Communities demonstrate  excellence in Watershed Assessment; Stormwater Master Planning; Wastewater Treatment and Management; Water Supply Planning; Water Supply Protection; Water Conservation; and, Water Reclamation and Reuse.  Fulton County is the 27th WaterFirst community in Georgia.

The Fulton County Water Resources maintains more than 2,300 miles of sanitary sewer and more than 1,200 miles of water lines and provides water and pollution prevention education to residents, schools, communities, and businesses.  The Department of Water Resources has jurisdiction over one Water Treatment Plant and five Water Reclamation Facilities (WRF).  The Department has more than 260 employees and an operating budget of approximately $72 million.

“The WaterFirst designation demonstrates to citizens of Fulton County that we are committed to adhering to a standard of excellence when it comes to protecting our watersheds, water supply and water quality,” said Kun Suwanarpa, Interim Director of Water Resources.

“This formal designation is an accomplishment in which we can all be proud. The men and women serving in Water Resources continually strive to make a positive difference in our community. The award acknowledges the importance to the health, wellness, quality of life, and economic development to our community that Fulton County places on providing the absolute best in clean water,” said Fulton County Commissioner Hausmann, who participated in the WaterFirst review process.


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