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  • One-Cent Tax is MOST Important for Atlanta’s Water System - City of Atlanta, Watershed Management
    678 502 9449 Editorial One Cent Tax is MOST Important for Atlanta s Water System Each day the City of Atlanta supplies clean drinking water to more than one million people including those passing through the world s busiest airport On March 1 Atlanta voters will decide whether to reauthorize a critical measure that has provided significant infrastructure improvements all over the city To date the Municipal Option Sales Tax MOST has provided more than 1 billion towards water and sewer projects and accounts for more than 20 percent of the Department of Watershed Management s annual revenue Since 2004 the penny sales tax on commonly purchased goods has allowed the City to share the cost of the infrastructure work with commuters and visitors who use the City s water and sewer system every day but do not pay water bills as do our residents and business owners The MOST has allowed us to maintain current water and sewer rates by decreasing the burden of the City s infrastructure needs on the 400 000 residents that live within City of Atlanta boundaries Without this funding residents and business owners could see their water and sewer bills increase by as much as 30 percent Because of the MOST we have dramatically reduced both the number and volume of sewer spills significantly decreased the number of rain induced overflows into Atlanta s rivers and streams and completed major projects including the two acre stormwater detention pond in Old Fourth Ward Park and construction of the Nancy Creek and South River tunnels After the MOST was reauthorized in 2012 we accomplished more major consent decree milestones The Peachtree Capacity Relief project and citywide sewer rehabilitation were completed 50 million under budget and before the U S Environmental Protection Agency s July 1 2014

    Original URL path: http://www.atlantawatershed.org/newsroom/press-releases/one-cent-tax-is-most-important-for-atlantae28099s-water-system/?mobileFormat=false (2016-05-01)
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  • Watershed Management Crews Hard at Work Repairing Atlanta’s Water Mains - City of Atlanta, Watershed Management
    Download Atlanta Go App Water Sewer Rates Bill Pay Options More locations to serve you Additional Customer Service Locations Late Fee Establish Service Forms Bill Calculator Adjustment Dispute Answers For Customers Small Meter Audit Irrigation Meters Backflow Compliance Grease Management Care and Conserve Care and Conserve Grant Services Home Newsroom Press Releases Watershed Management Crews Hard at Work Repairing Atlanta s Water Mains Watershed Management Crews Hard at Work Repairing Atlanta s Water Mains 72 MARIETTA STREET 7TH FLOOR ATLANTA GEORGIA 30303 Kasim Reed Jo Ann J Macrina PE Mayor Commissioner Lillian Govus Director Communications Community Relations Office 404 546 3200 Cell 678 502 9449 Press Release Watershed Management Crews Hard at Work Repairing Atlanta s Water Mains ATLANTA Fluctuating temperatures during winter months may place an added strain on Atlanta s 2 500 miles of water mains As temperatures begin to drop the City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management responds to an increased number of water main breaks Winter months are an extremely busy period for our crews says Watershed Management Commissioner Jo Ann Macrina The variations in temperature cause our water mains to expand and contract leading to more water main breaks at this time of year Our crews are on standby 24 hours a day seven days a week to handle emergencies which have the potential to impact many of our residents All main break repair orders are completed and prioritized in order of the severity of affected area location and current workload and residents in affected areas are advised and updated on repairs A typical main break repair can take six to eight hours to complete Please watch our video for more information on water and sewer main repairs here Although Watershed crews respond to a higher number of breaks during this time of year

    Original URL path: http://www.atlantawatershed.org/newsroom/press-releases/watershed-management-crews-hard-at-work-repairing-atlantae28099s-water-mains/?mobileFormat=false (2016-05-01)
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  • Watershed Management Negotiates Outstanding Debt with Apartment Complex - City of Atlanta, Watershed Management
    Replacement Sewer System Evaluation Survey Sewer System Rehabilitation Program Customer Service Download Atlanta Go App Water Sewer Rates Bill Pay Options More locations to serve you Additional Customer Service Locations Late Fee Establish Service Forms Bill Calculator Adjustment Dispute Answers For Customers Small Meter Audit Irrigation Meters Backflow Compliance Grease Management Care and Conserve Care and Conserve Grant Services Home Newsroom Press Releases Watershed Management Negotiates Outstanding Debt with Apartment Complex Watershed Management Negotiates Outstanding Debt with Apartment Complex 72 MARIETTA STREET 7TH FLOOR ATLANTA GEORGIA 30303 Kasim Reed Jo Ann J Macrina PE Mayor Commissioner Lillian Govus Director Communications Community Relations Office 404 546 3200 Cell 678 502 9449 Press Release Watershed Management Negotiates Outstanding Debt with Apartment Complex Owner promises to repair leaks rehabilitate property ATLANTA Residents of a local apartment complex will not go without water under a new plan approved today by the Atlanta City Council The City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management DWM has reached an agreement with LG Investments to negotiate an existing 2 5 million water bill which was incurred by a previous owner down to 450 000 Shutting off water to multi unit dwellings has a tremendous impact on many families says Deputy Commissioner Mohamed Balla With this agreement we have the promise that sufficient investments will be made moving forward to improve the property so that it is more inhabitable for residents while maintaining water service for everyone Once inhabited our projections show the City will realize that full revenue stream and equalize balances over time Under the terms of the agreement LG Investments will substantially upgrade the 28 acre property located at 1991 Delowe Drive repairing the water and sewer infrastructure and rehabilitating existing structures to improve the quality of life for apartment residents Currently only 50 apartments of

    Original URL path: http://www.atlantawatershed.org/newsroom/press-releases/watershed-management-negotiates-outstanding-debt-with-apartment-complex/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Watershed Management Joins Atlanta Public Schools to Celebrate College and Career Motivation Week - City of Atlanta, Watershed Management
    System Rehabilitation Program Customer Service Download Atlanta Go App Water Sewer Rates Bill Pay Options More locations to serve you Additional Customer Service Locations Late Fee Establish Service Forms Bill Calculator Adjustment Dispute Answers For Customers Small Meter Audit Irrigation Meters Backflow Compliance Grease Management Care and Conserve Care and Conserve Grant Services Home Newsroom Press Releases Watershed Management Joins Atlanta Public Schools to Celebrate College and Career Motivation Week Watershed Management Joins Atlanta Public Schools to Celebrate College and Career Motivation Week 72 MARIETTA STREET 7TH FLOOR ATLANTA GEORGIA 30303 Kasim Reed Jo Ann J Macrina PE Mayor Commissioner Lillian Govuss Director Communications Community Relations Office 404 546 3200 Cell 678 502 9449 Press Release Watershed Management Joins Atlanta Public Schools to Celebrate College and Career Motivation Week ATLANTA The Department of Watershed Management DWM and 10 City of Atlanta operating departments will join the community in celebration of the Atlanta Public Schools APS College and Career Motivation Week beginning Monday Connally Elementary School and District 4 Councilmember Cleta Winslow will host City of Atlanta staff for Career Day on Wednesday Nov 18 at 9 a m in the school auditorium where more than 400 students will be introduced to careers in local government law and public safety APS College and Career Motivation Week encourages and motivates students of all grade levels to plan and prepare for college and post secondary careers This year s week will focus on non traditional careers and careers in technology It s important for the City to participate in this event so students learn about the opportunities available in their own backyards says Yolanda Boazman Career Day organizer and Community Relations Specialist for DWM Office of Communications and Community Relations From mechanics to mapping to engineering and even environmental design careers in water

    Original URL path: http://www.atlantawatershed.org/newsroom/press-releases/watershed-management-joins-atlanta-public-schools-to-celebrate-college-and-career-motivation-week/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Protect Our Storm Drains from Fallen Leaves - City of Atlanta, Watershed Management
    serve you Additional Customer Service Locations Late Fee Establish Service Forms Bill Calculator Adjustment Dispute Answers For Customers Small Meter Audit Irrigation Meters Backflow Compliance Grease Management Care and Conserve Care and Conserve Grant Services Home Newsroom Press Releases Protect Our Storm Drains from Fallen Leaves Protect Our Storm Drains from Fallen Leaves 72 MARIETTA STREET 7TH FLOOR ATLANTA GEORGIA 30303 Kasim Reed Jo Ann J Macrina PE Mayor Commissioner Lillian Govuss Director Communications Community Relations Office 404 546 3200 Cell 678 502 9449 Press Release Protect Our Storm Drains from Fallen Leaves Watershed Management Reminds Homeowners Landscapers to Dispose of Yard Debris ATLANTA Last year catch basin cleaning accounted for more than half of the City of Atlanta s wastewater work orders Leaves entering into the City s storm drains can often lead to street flooding As the seasons change and more leaves fall from trees the City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management DWM reminds homeowners and landscape maintenance professionals not to blow leaves and other yard debris into our sewers Over a period of time fallen leaves accumulate in drainage systems and clog sewer pipes which can lead to stormwater overflow As a result street level flooding occurs says Commissioner Jo Ann Macrina It s easy to use a leaf blower to maintain your yard this fall but properly disposing of leaves ensures the storm drain is safe efficient and clean Yard trimmings including leaves grass clippings tree prunings and brush constitute approximately 36 percent of Georgia s waste system To prevent a buildup of fallen leaves and other yard debris DWM recommends placing all yard waste into brown bags instead of plastic Yard trimmings placed in brown bags should not include dirt Furthermore burning leaves contributes to air pollution Composting or using decayed organic material as

    Original URL path: http://www.atlantawatershed.org/newsroom/press-releases/protect-our-storm-drains-from-fallen-leaves/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Watershed Management To Host Final Senior Citizen Discount Renewal Days - City of Atlanta, Watershed Management
    Sewer Replacement Project Peachtree Creek Capacity Relief Project Southeast Atlanta Green Infrastructure Water Main Replacement Sewer System Evaluation Survey Sewer System Rehabilitation Program Customer Service Download Atlanta Go App Water Sewer Rates Bill Pay Options More locations to serve you Additional Customer Service Locations Late Fee Establish Service Forms Bill Calculator Adjustment Dispute Answers For Customers Small Meter Audit Irrigation Meters Backflow Compliance Grease Management Care and Conserve Care and Conserve Grant Services Home Newsroom Press Releases Watershed Management To Host Final Senior Citizen Discount Renewal Days Watershed Management To Host Final Senior Citizen Discount Renewal Days 72 MARIETTA STREET 7TH FLOOR ATLANTA GEORGIA 30303 Kasim Reed Jo Ann J Macrina PE Mayor Commissioner Lillian Govuss Director Communications Community Relations Office 404 546 3200 Cell 678 502 9449 Press Release Watershed Management To Host Final Senior Citizen Discount Renewal Days ATLANTA The Department of Watershed Management will host two Renewal Days for water and sewer customers enrolled in the City of Atlanta s Senior Citizen Discount Program The program was established in 2003 to provide bill payment assistance for ratepayers ages 65 and up who earn under 25 000 annually More than 6 000 customers served by the City of Atlanta receive the 30 percent discount The Senior Citizen Discount is one of our most popular programs said Commissioner Jo Ann Macrina We look forward to continuing this relationship with the seniors we serve Renewal Days are opportunities for qualified seniors to update eligibility for the program Dates scheduled include Sept 26 Rosel Fann Recreation Center 365 Cleveland Avenue SW 10 00 a m 2 00 p m Sept 28 Adamsville Recreation Center 3201 Martin Luther 10 00 a m 1 00 p m Sept 29 Welcome All Park 4255 Will Lee Road College Park 6 00 p m 8

    Original URL path: http://www.atlantawatershed.org/newsroom/press-releases/watershed-management-to-host-final-senior-citizen-discount-renewal-days/ (2016-05-01)
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  • New Vending Machines Ensure Safety for Watershed Management Employees - City of Atlanta, Watershed Management
    Management Care and Conserve Care and Conserve Grant Services Home Newsroom Press Releases New Vending Machines Ensure Safety for Watershed Management Employees New Vending Machines Ensure Safety for Watershed Management Employees 72 MARIETTA STREET 7TH FLOOR ATLANTA GEORGIA 30303 Kasim Reed Jo Ann J Macrina PE Mayor Commissioner Lillian Govuss Director Communications Community Relations Office 404 546 3200 Cell 678 502 9449 Press Release New Vending Machines Ensure Safety for Watershed Management Employees ATLANTA Safety is a top priority for the City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management Our crews are often called upon to work in adverse conditions around the clock whether repairing water mains in below freezing temperatures or clearing storm drains during heavy summer rains It is essential that employees have ready access to the equipment necessary to perform their jobs safely Yesterday Watershed Management launched a six month vending machine pilot program so that employees can quickly and easily obtain safety gear Operating like traditional vending machines which dispense snacks and drinks the machines will issue personal protective equipment known as PPE Unlike traditional vending machines the items are dispensed at no cost Our workforce is the lifeline of Watershed Management ensuring that Atlanta residents and visitors have clean drinking water each day said Commissioner Jo Ann Macrina That is why it is important that they have the equipment they need to safely do their jobs and go home to their families every night Using their employee identification numbers all Watershed Management employees will have convenient controlled access to equipment such as gloves goggles hats vests and tools The PPE vending machines will also allow the Department to better monitor and record usage in real time thus improving inventory tracking and reordering Installation of the new PPE vending machines will aid us in terms of managing

    Original URL path: http://www.atlantawatershed.org/newsroom/press-releases/new-vending-machines-ensure-safety-for-watershed-management-employees/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Watershed Management says “Don’t Flush Those Wipes!” - City of Atlanta, Watershed Management
    Watershed Management says Don t Flush Those Wipes Watershed Management says Don t Flush Those Wipes 72 MARIETTA STREET 7TH FLOOR ATLANTA GEORGIA 30303 Kasim Reed Jo Ann J Macrina PE Mayor Commissioner Lillian Govuss Director Communications Community Relations Office 404 546 3200 Cell 678 502 9449 Press Release Watershed Management says Don t Flush Those Wipes No Wipes in Pipes Awareness Campaign Officially Launched Yesterday ATLANTA Last year the City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management DWM had to spend 4 million to replace two centrifuges in the R M Clayton Water Treatment Plant that had gone bad after being overcome by wipes Now DWM is investing more than 50 million to replace the first line of wastewater treatment the headworks Each year wipes clog pipes burn out pumps and jam screens not just in Atlanta s facilities but also in facilities across the country resulting in millions of dollars in damage These wipes often marked as flushable are used to clean babies disinfect countertops remove makeup and for personal hygiene While some are labeled as flushable in reality they are anything but To curb this growing problem DWM launched an awareness campaign in partnership with Sheltering Arms Early Education and Family Centers to educate residents that wipes have no place in our pipes We are here to spread the word about the harmful effects that wipes have on our sewer infrastructure said Commissioner Jo Ann Macrina We are seeing a great deal of damage to our equipment which can lead to increased water and sewer rates as we invest more money into emergency repairs to keep our operations running 24 7 If our treatment systems go down we run a tremendous risk of spilling sewage into our creeks and even the Chattahoochee River that s not a risk

    Original URL path: http://www.atlantawatershed.org/newsroom/press-releases/watershed-management-says-e2809cdone28099t-flush-those-wipese2809d/ (2016-05-01)
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