Atlanta partners with P2AD to help water customers save money

The city of Atlanta has joined forces with the Pollution Prevention Assistance Division (P2AD ), a non-regulatory division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, to assist businesses in reducing the financial impact of increased water and sewer rates that took effect earlier this year.

ATLANTA, Aug. 3, 2004 � The city of Atlanta has joined forces with the Pollution Prevention Assistance Division (P2AD ), a non-regulatory division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR), to assist businesses in reducing the financial impact of increased water and sewer rates that took effect earlier this year.

The city and the DNR division will work with participating commercial partners to survey their operations and identify opportunities to decrease water consumption, ultimately reducing the impact of the rate increases. "For businesses that use millions of gallons of water a year, water and sewer fees account for a significant portion of their operating costs," Mayor Shirley Franklin said. "We are excited about working with P2AD to help our customers save money and conserve water."

P2AD and the city contacted top water users earlier this year to offer assistance in developing water conservation plans. Several businesses responded, indicating that they would be willing to form internal water conservation teams and take action to conserve water. Water efficiency experts from both organizations and the city will begin making visits to FifeCo Properties, Lenox Square Mall, The Westin Peachtree Plaza and other businesses in the coming months to assess their current water usage and suggest ways to reduce waste and improve efficiencies. They also will work with the Atlanta City Jail to develop a water conservation plan. Some of the responding customers have already gone to great lengths to conserve water; for others, this will be the first systematic water conservation effort.

"This partnership is a perfect example of how business and government can work together to protect natural resources and save money at the same time," said Bob Donaghue, director of the DNR division. "By collaborating with clients to accomplish common goals, we are proving that good environmental practices also make good business sense."

P2AD has extensive experience in water efficiency, working with companies and organizations across Georgia to reduce water use and cut costs. In 2003, it worked with Metcam Advanced Metalworking in Alpharetta, implementing process changes that dramatically reduced wastewater discharge and other costs for a total savings of approximately $30,000 per year. Other water efficiency work has delivered similarly impressive results for clients including Delta Air Lines and Rogers State Prison in Reidsville.

About the division
Since 1993, the Pollution Prevention Assistance Division has provided free, confidential environmental technical assistance in the areas of pollution prevention, resource conservation, waste reduction, by-product reuse and recycling. In 2004, the division established the P2AD Partnership Program to foster environmental leadership and recognize superior environmental performance. The program is free and open to any business or organization that operates in Georgia, and includes four levels to fit the changing goals and environmental initiatives.

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