Water Conservation & Reuse

Water conservation is the reduction of water loss, waste, or use through specific measures or efficiency improvements.  It is typically the most cost effective means of expanding existing water supplies without new infrastructure.  Water reuse is achieved through purifying wastewater for beneficial, nonpotable uses such as irrigation. Promoting activities such as rainwater harvesting, native and drought-tolerant landscaping, low-flow water fixtures, and other best management practices are an essential part of planning for Georgia’s future water supply.

Smart water use in Google's Douglas County data center

Case Studies

The Georgia Environmental Finance Authority’s (GEFA) mission is to protect and conserve Georgia’s precious natural resources, and to develop programs to help communities throughout the state use and protect these assets wisely. GEFA also strives to make such initiatives more accessible and financially sound for communities throughout Georgia.

An EPA WaterSense labeled showerhead could save 2,900 gallons of water per year.

Cobb County is one of the largest counties in Metropolitan Atlanta.  We have frequent and recurring drought issues.  We have legal challenges from our neighboring states for the use of and further development of water resources on either of the two contested river basins.

In 2004, Keep Georgia Beautiful, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and a team of local partners launched the first “Winning Water”: Children’s Water Festival in Columbus. Additional festivals followed in Dalton, Athens, Macon, Statesboro and Brunswick. Held regionally and based on watersheds the goal of the Festival was to develop a model for replication and to create teams across the state that would be equipped to repeat the Festival annually in their area.