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  • Help Keep Atlanta’s Sewers FOG-Free This Holiday Season - 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 Help Keep Atlanta s Sewers FOG Free This Holiday Season Help Keep Atlanta s Sewers FOG Free This Holiday Season 72 MARIETTA STREET 7TH FLOOR ATLANTA GEORGIA 30303 Kasim Reed Jo Ann J Macrina PE Mayor Commissioner Scheree Rawles Director Communications Community Relations Office 404 546 3200 Cell 404 971 8899 Press Release Help Keep Atlanta s Sewers FOG Free This Holiday Season ATLANTA The holiday season is just around the corner and the City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management wants to remind Atlanta residents not to pour grease down kitchen drains after holiday meals Fats oils and grease FOG create blockages in household plumbing and often leads to spills in the City s sewer system During the holiday season grease in pipes is a common cause for sewer overflows in the system Pouring the gallon or two of cooking oil needed to fry a turkey down your kitchen sink or into a toilet practically guarantees a backup in your sewer pipes said DWM Commissioner Jo Ann Macrina Keeping fats oils and grease out of our sewers will help us maintain the integrity of our system keeping sewage in the pipes and out of your yard or streams Cooking oils and chicken grease are common forms of FOG However other products such as mayonnaise peanut butter chocolate ice cream and butter are also FOGs which may stick to the walls of plumbing and create buildup over time leading to blockages The Department of Watershed Management recommends pouring cooled liquid FOGs in a sealable disposable container and placing in the trash

    Original URL path: http://www.atlantawatershed.org/newsroom/press-releases/help-keep-atlantae28099s-sewers-fog-free-this-holiday-season/ (2016-05-01)
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  • DWM Celebrates Savings at Midpoint of EPA’s Energy Star National Building Competition - City of Atlanta, Watershed Management
    of EPA s Energy Star National Building Competition ATLANTA The Department of Watershed Management s Hemphill Water Treatment Plant is in second place in the U S Environmental Protection Agency s EPA Energy Star 2012 National Building Competition at the competition s midpoint which ended June 30 2012 In the Battle of the Buildings competition Hemphill saw a 36 percent energy use reduction saving almost 800 000 and preventing 9 200 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions so far over the competition s 2011 baseline period The competition pits more than 3 200 nationwide competitors in an effort to see which one can achieve the greatest energy reductions in a year In the first six months of the challenge the competitors collectively have saved more than 37 million on utility bills and reduced greenhouse gas emissions equal to the electricity used by more than 16 000 homes annually In September 2011 the Department of Watershed Management completed installation and commissioning of a variable speed pumping system located at the Hemphill Water Treatment Plant The 15 million project is expected to save over 1 million per year in energy costs Additionally a lighting retrofit involving replacement of about 4 300 inefficient fixtures with high efficiency fluorescent and LED lighting at the Hemphill and Chattahoochee Water Treatment Plans and the RM Clayton Water Reclamation Center is expected to save the City more than 400 000 annually in energy and maintenance costs Because the city s water treatment facilities operate 24 7 there is significant potential for energy savings in lighting systems through retrofits replacements and occupancy based controls The Power to Change Sustainability Fund provided 1 2 million in 2012 for replacement of lighting in the three facilities with completion scheduled before the end of the year This competition represents an effective

    Original URL path: http://www.atlantawatershed.org/newsroom/press-releases/dwm-celebrates-savings-at-midpoint-of-epae28099s-energy-star-national-building-competition/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Department of Watershed Management Corrects Irrigation Billing Rate, Issues Refunds to Impacted Irrigation Meter Customers - City of Atlanta, Watershed Management
    Rate Issues Refunds to Impacted Irrigation Meter Customers 72 MARIETTA STREET 7TH FLOOR ATLANTA GEORGIA 30303 Kasim Reed Jo Ann J Macrina PE Mayor Commissioner Scheree Rawles Director Communications Community Relations Office 404 546 3200 Cell 404 971 8899 Press Release Department of Watershed Management Corrects Irrigation Billing Rate Issues Refunds to Impacted Irrigation Meter Customers ATLANTA The Department of Watershed Management announced today that 3 490 customers who have separate irrigation meters will receive a refund due to the application of an inaccurate rate for their irrigation meter usage after the City implemented a special drought rate to discourage unnecessary water use in 2008 Affected customers will receive refunds for incorrect charges during the period from July 1 2008 to September 30 2010 plus 7 percent interest The affected customers represent only 2 percent of all City of Atlanta water and sewer accounts Eighty one percent of the accounts belong to residential customers Commercial customers account for eighteen percent of the total number of accounts The total refund is 7 5 million During the historically severe drought in 2007 Gov Sonny Perdue ordered utilities in the Atlanta region to reduce water consumption by 10 percent The City of Atlanta imposed an irrigation or outdoor watering rate to discourage nonessential and heavy water usage Although the rate was only to be in effect from January 15 2008 to June 30 2008 it was incorrectly charged to city customers beginning on July 1 2008 The City took proactive steps to identify the full extent of the rate application error and correct the problem Once the Department discovered the fee misapplication departmental leadership spent the necessary time to review every irrigation meter account develop a comprehensive plan for refunds and implement strict controls to prevent future rate application errors said DWM Commissioner

    Original URL path: http://www.atlantawatershed.org/newsroom/press-releases/department-of-watershed-management-corrects-irrigation-billing-rate-issues-refunds-to-impacted-irrigation-meter-customers/ (2016-05-01)
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  • City of Atlanta Departments Share Development Award for Historic Fourth Ward Park - City of Atlanta, Watershed Management
    8899 Press Release City of Atlanta Departments Share Development Award for Historic Fourth Ward Park Departments of Watershed Management and Parks Recreation and Cultural Affairs are awarded the Atlanta Regional Commission s 2012 Development of Excellence Award October 15 2012 The Atlanta Regional Commission ARC Friday presented a group of partners including the Departments of Watershed Management DWM and Parks Recreation and Cultural Affairs DPRCA with its 2012 Development of Excellence Award for the development of the Historic Old Fourth Ward Park in the Poncey Highland community Presented at ARC s State of the Region Breakfast the award recognizes the efforts of the City departments Atlanta BeltLine Inc and Atlanta BeltLine Partners the Historic Fourth Ward Conservancy and Trust for Public Land for their work to create the newest jewel in Atlanta s park system The 17 acre park features as its centerpiece a two acre stormwater detention pond built by the Department of Watershed Management which has dramatically reduced flooding in the nearby neighborhoods One of the first completed projects of the Atlanta BeltLine it includes a sports field playgrounds a splash pad a wildflower meadow and Atlanta s first skate park designed with input from skateboarding legend Tony Hawk The Development of Excellence is ARC s highest award Some might question a park being named a development of excellence ARC noted However the Historic Fourth Ward Park encompasses a large complex civil engineering and infrastructure project on par with many high quality developments in metro Atlanta and around the United States Along with all of its impressive public features the park also preserves and maintains the environmental quality of the surrounding community The stream channel in the south plaza pays tribute to Clear Creek which once flowed through the site A newly established urban forest combines with native

    Original URL path: http://www.atlantawatershed.org/newsroom/press-releases/city-of-atlanta-departments-share-development-award-for-historic-fourth-ward-park/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Reminder: Sales Tax Holiday This Weekend For Energy and Water-Efficient Products - City of Atlanta, Watershed Management
    Headworks Improvement Water Supply Program Historic Old Fourth Ward Detention Pond South River Basin 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 Reminder Sales Tax Holiday This Weekend For Energy and Water Efficient Products Reminder Sales Tax Holiday This Weekend For Energy and Water Efficient Products 72 MARIETTA STREET 7TH FLOOR ATLANTA GEORGIA 30303 Kasim Reed Jo Ann J Macrina PE Mayor Commissioner Scheree Rawles Director Communications Community Relations Office 404 546 3200 Cell 404 971 8899 Press Release Reminder Sales Tax Holiday This Weekend For Energy and Water Efficient Products October 5 2012 If you re ready to buy a new faucet or refrigerator the Department of Watershed Management reminds you that this weekend October 5 7 is a Sales Tax Holiday for appliances and items that cost less than

    Original URL path: http://www.atlantawatershed.org/newsroom/press-releases/reminder-sales-tax-holiday-this-weekend-for-energy-and-water-efficient-products/ (2016-05-01)
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  • DWM To Begin Citywide Water Main Replacements in Southeast Atlanta - City of Atlanta, Watershed Management
    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 DWM To Begin Citywide Water Main Replacements in Southeast Atlanta DWM To Begin Citywide Water Main Replacements in Southeast Atlanta 72 MARIETTA STREET 7TH FLOOR ATLANTA GEORGIA 30303 Kasim Reed Jo Ann J Macrina PE Mayor Commissioner Scheree Rawles Director Communications Community Relations Office 404 546 3200 Cell 404 971 8899 Press Release DWM To Begin Citywide Water Main Replacements in Southeast Atlanta Contractors to install more than 100 000 linear feet of pipe over next two years Residents of the Poncey Highland Candler Park and Old Fourth Ward communities will be the first to receive new water mains as part of a citywide program to upgrade critical need drinking water infrastructure The project will improve water pressure and quality in areas currently served by old and deteriorating mains Contractors for the Department of Watershed Management will replace water mains at more than 50 locations across the city beginning this month along Auburn Avenue Clifton Road Jackson Street and Willoughby Way Construction in the southeast area will be performed over the next year and work in the southwest northwest and northeast quadrants will be forthcoming The full list of impacted streets under the Water Distribution System Improvements Southeast project is as follows Clifton Road from McLendon to Ponce de Leon Willoughby Way and Ashley Avenue South Ponce de Leon Avenue from Clifton to Ponce de Leon Hemlock Circle from Berne to Glenwood Loring Street from Hemlock Circle to Woodland Moreland Place Flora Avenue from Flora Place to Hardee Binder Place and Finley Street Williams

    Original URL path: http://www.atlantawatershed.org/newsroom/press-releases/dwm-to-begin-citywide-water-main-replacements-in-southeast-atlanta/ (2016-05-01)
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  • City addresses Peoplestown Community's Concerns - City of Atlanta, Watershed Management
    Fourth Ward Detention Pond South River Basin 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 City Addresses Peoplestown Community s Concerns City Addresses Peoplestown Community s Concerns 72 MARIETTA STREET 7TH FLOOR ATLANTA GEORGIA 30303 Kasim Reed Jo Ann J Macrina PE Mayor Commissioner Scheree Rawles Director Communications Community Relations Office 404 546 3200 Cell 404 971 8899 Press Release City Addresses Peoplestown Community s Concerns The City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management DWM has made its cleaning contractor available at City expense to residents of the Peoplestown community whose homes were affected by flooding as a result of the recent storms The contractor Scott Sons can be scheduled by calling DWM Manager Kelvin Gray at 404 787 4481 The Department is conducting a comprehensive investigation to determine the causes

    Original URL path: http://www.atlantawatershed.org/newsroom/press-releases/city-addresses-peoplestown-communitys-concerns/ (2016-05-01)
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  • City of Atlanta Hemphill Water Treatment Plant To Compete in the 2012 ENERGY STAR National Building Competition - City of Atlanta, Watershed Management
    Cell 404 971 8899 Press Release City of Atlanta Hemphill Water Treatment Plant To Compete in the 2012 ENERGY STAR National Building Competition Atlanta The U S Environmental Protection Agency has announced that the City of Atlanta has been selected to participate in its ENERGY STAR National Building Competition Battle of the Buildings The competition recognizes efforts to improve the energy efficiency of commercial buildings and protect the environment The City s Hemphill Water Treatment Plant will compete against thousands of other facilities across the country in showcasing improvements in energy efficiency made with help from the ENERGY STAR program The City of Atlanta is honored to be a part of EPA s ENERGY STAR National Building Competition said Denise Quarles Director of Sustainability This year we re taking our energy management program up a notch to compete with all the other facilities and we look forward to optimizing our energy efficiency while reducing operating costs and greenhouse gas emissions The teams in the 2012 ENERGY STAR National Building Competition represent more than 30 different types of commercial buildings such as retail stores schools hotels museums office buildings and water treatment facilities and hail from all 50 states two U S territories and the District of Columbia The competitors range from a Kmart store on the island of St Thomas to a crime lab in Phoenix to a federal office building in Nome Alaska We are proud of the energy saving steps that have been taken at the Hemphill plant said Jo Ann Macrina Commissioner of the Department of Watershed Management We will continue to look for ways to reduce our energy use both for practical reasons saving money and for the greater good of cutting greenhouse gases EPA will maintain a website energystar gov BattleOfTheBuildings devoted to the competition

    Original URL path: http://www.atlantawatershed.org/newsroom/press-releases/city-of-atlanta-hemphill-water-treatment-plant-to-compete-in-the-2012-energy-star-national-building-competition/ (2016-05-01)
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