Quinton Fletcher (right), Deputy Commissioner of the Office of Water Treatment & Reclamation, and Josephus Young (left), Manager of the Bellwood Quarry Pumping Station, recently accompanied Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on a private tour of the facility.
National Water Quality Month is dedicated to making the most of the relatively small amount of freshwater we have because having clean water is vital to our individual health, our collective agricultural needs, and the needs of our environment.
We are reminded to take a moment to consider how important these water sources are not just to humans, but also to the other inhabitants of these ecosystems— whether it be the fish that live in the waters or the plants and animals that rely on these lakes and rivers for water just like we do.
By thinking about the little things that you do on a daily basis that could have a negative effect on water quality, you’ll be one step closer to making a difference.
The 2020 DWM Water Quality Report is Now Available
The City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management (DWM) is pleased to present the 2020 Water Quality Report (WQR), which provides information about Atlanta’s drinking water system. Data collected and analyzed by the DWM Office of Watershed Protection confirms that the City’s drinking water continues to meet or exceed standards established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) as required by the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act. We thank you for your support in our mission to provide clean, safe drinking water to all of our customers.
To download and read the 2020 DWM Water Quality Report,
The Integrated Report Map Series provides Georgians a broad summary of water quality information and the programs implemented by EPD and its partners to protect water resources across the state. It also includes a review and summary of ongoing statewide water planning efforts; wetland, estuary, and coastal public health/aquatic life issues; and water protection, groundwater, and drinking water program summaries.
The Georgia Water Stewardship Act allows daily outdoor watering for purposes of planting, growing, managing, or maintaining ground cover, trees, shrubs, or other plants only between the hours of 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. by anyone whose water is supplied by a water system permitted by the Environmental Protection Division. The following outdoor water uses also are allowed daily at any time of the day by anyone:
Irrigation of personal food gardens
Irrigation of new and replanted plant, seed, or turf in landscapes, golf courses, or sports turf fields during installation and for a period of 30 days immediately following the date of installation
Drip irrigation or irrigation using soaker hoses
Hand watering with a hose with automatic cutoff or handheld container
Due to staffing shortages that are affecting the solid waste industry nationwide, the Department of Public Works is now collecting residential yard trimmings every other week until further notice. Any yard trimmings that are not picked up on the scheduled collection day should be left curbside as crews continue to work evenings and weekends to collect missed yard debris. Find your scheduled yard trimmings collection day at www.atlantaga.gov/solidwaste, or dial 404-546-0311 for questions.
Stay Safe Outside!
Hydrate and Avoid Heat Stroke
Exposure to heat can cause illness and even death. The most serious heat illness is heat stroke. Other heat illnesses, such as heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat rash should also be avoided. There are precautions you can take any time temperatures are high:
While outside this summer, drink as much water as possible. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) advises one pint of water per hour during the day’s warmest times.
Wear loose fitting, lightweight clothing. Excess layers or articles that fit too tightly prevent proper blood cooling. Also, light colored clothing will absorb less heat than darker pieces.
Avoid strenuous activity in the warmest weather and identify shaded areas and cool spots for when you feel overheated.
Avoiding heat stroke begins with conditioning your body for hot temperatures. Hydration is key to proper sweat and cool down, so fill up before, during, and after you go out. Download the OSHA fact sheet at bit.ly/ OSHAHeatStress for more information.
DWM is Here to Serve our Customers
with budget-saving programs
The Department of Watershed Management does not take our customers for granted. DWM continues to offer program assistance to customers and especially those that may be experiencing financial hardship.
Bill Pay Assistance - The City offers financial assistance to low to moderate-income ratepayers who have difficulty paying water and sewer bills.
Plumbing Repair Assistance - DWM distributes grant funding to non-profit organizations to provide plumbing repairs and replace high flow fixtures at no cost to the customer. To learn more about the Care and Conserve Program, visit: atlantawatershed.org/care-and-conserve
Get emergency notifications on any mobile device and choose the alerts you want to receive. From water utility notifications to public safety to road closures and severe weather, the alerts will be right at your fingertips. Sign up for NotifyATL at http://bit.ly/Notify-ATL, or text NotifyATL to 888777.
You can also receive DWM emergency notifications by subscribing to our News Splash External Newsletter, which also provides information on the latest department news and initiatives at https://conta.cc/3jOKdCc.
Help Keep Our Catch Basins Clean Through the
The City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management’s Adopt-A-Drain program helps improve the quality of stormwater within the city’s watersheds, as well as keep the City informed about infrastructure maintenance needs.
The Adopt-A-Drain program encourages volunteers to adopt a storm drain in or near their neighborhoods, commit to cleaning the drain of leaves and other debris and then monitor the condition of that drain for the duration of the adoption.
Volunteers will receive training and a storm drain cleaning supply kit. For more information or to sign up, please call 404-546-1411 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
City of Atlanta Water and Sewer Appeals Board
If you are not satisfied with the outcome of your billing dispute or adjustment request, an appeal to the City of Atlanta Water and Sewer Appeals Board may be requested per City Ordinance Section 154-29 within seven days of the Department of Watershed Management’s dispute resolution decision. The Water and Sewer Appeals Board is a group of citizens appointed by the Atlanta City Council to conduct hearings to review the dispute. You have a right to an appeal only after your bill has gone through the formal dispute process and a decision has been rendered. Visit https://www.atlantawatershed.org/appeals/.
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The City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management is doing what matters. We want to be able to reach you with information you need to know.
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