Housing & Community Development

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Posted on: August 11, 2014

HCD quarterly newsletter

HCD quarterly newsletter for the Fall features new Vision Committee members. The newsletter is available on HCD's web page at http://www.athensclarkecounty.com/hcd

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Public Information Office Media Releases

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Posted on: August 20, 2014

Person with Diarrhea at East Athens Community Park Splash Pad Most Likely Source of Cryptosporidium

The Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department and the Clarke County Health Department have determined that an infected person with diarrhea who used the splash pad at the East Athens Community Park is the most likely source for the spread of Crypto...Read on...

Posted on: August 8, 2014

Culpepper Retiring as ACC Finance Department Director

John Culpepper is retiring as Director of the Finance Department for the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government effective August 20, 2014 after 31 years of service to the Athens-Clarke County and former Clarke County governments. Manager Alan Reddish has named Assistant Finance Director Chris Caldwell as Interim Director to serve until a full-time department director is named.

"John's expertise and institutional knowledge will be greatly missed by this organization," said Manager Reddish. "His leadership during financially challenging times and commitment to providing high-quality, accurate information to departments, elected officials, and citizens have helped keep the Unified Government in a good financial position during his tenure. We wish him luck as he transitions into this next phase of lifeRead on...

Posted on: July 25, 2014

Education and Tips on Reducing Mosquitoes and Avoiding Their Bites

The Athens-Clarke County Unified Government offers several resources and tips to help keep citizens safe during the upcoming months when mosquitoes can be most active.

To avoid annoying skin irritation, as well as diseases such as West Nile virus and L...Read on...

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Public Utilities & Water Conservation

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Posted on: June 25, 2014

Athens-Clarke County Annual Water Quality Report Now Available

(Athens, GA) Again this past year, the county’s drinking water has met or surpassed all state and federal standards for safe drinking water. The 2013 Water Quality Report, produced by the Athens-Clarke County Public Utilities Department (PUD), is now ava...Read more »

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Posted on: October 3, 2013

Athens-Clarke County Wins 2013 WaterSense® Partner of the Year Award

Las Vegas, Nevada—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today recognized the Athens-Clarke County Water Conservation Office with a 2013 WaterSense Partner of the Year award. The Water Conservation Office was honored during the WaterSmart Innovations Conference for its commitment to water efficiency and outstanding efforts to support the WaterSense program during 2012.

In 2012 alone, WaterSense labeled products and new homes helped Americans save more than 202 billion gallons of water, or more than the amount of water needed to supply all the homes in Colorado for a year. More than 2,700 utility, manufacturer, retail, builder, organizational, and professional partners helped WaterSense realize these accomplishments, but every year a few in particular are recognized for their significant contributions to the program.

“All of our WaterSense partners have taken steps to reduce our nation’s water use, but several stood out in 2012 for their commitment to the WaterSense program and collaborative efforts to promote WaterSense-labeled products, new homes and outreach and educational programs,” said EPA’s acting Assistant Administrator for Water Nancy Stoner. “We are pleased to honor Athens-Clarke County for their efforts that support our mission to protect the future of our nation’s water supply.”

The Water Conservation Office was honored as Partner of the Year for promoting water efficiency through the use of WaterSense labeled products. The WCO put tremendous energy into Fix a Leak Week 2012. They held two “Train the Trainer” workshops for ten volunteers who then visited twelve churches and non-profit organizations to performed water audits, identified leaks, and suggested opportunities for water conservation. Fix a Leak Week 2012 culminated with a water-saving makeover for the Athens Community Council on Aging (ACCA) building. In partnership with volunteers and a local plumbing company, the WCO replaced nine water guzzling toilets, 15 aerators, and 1 pre-rinse spray valve with WaterSense labeled products. The ACCA cut their water use in half after the retrofit, a savings of about 130,000 gallons a year. Throughout the year the Water Conservation Office conducted a number of workshops on fixing common household leaks and promoted the use of WaterSense Certified Irrigation Professionals.
“We were honored when we learned about winning Partner of the Year,” said Marilyn Hall, ACC Water Conservation Coordinator. “We were up against the biggest utilities in the United States. I think WaterSense was impressed with how we promote the label in unique ways such as through social media and the Christmas Parade.” This weekend, Georgians can purchase WaterSense appliances and fixtures and Energy Star labeled appliances tax free. The Sales Tax Holiday on WaterSense-labeled products will start Friday, October 4, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. and will continue through the weekend until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, October 6, 2013.
To learn more about the 2013 WaterSense Partner of the Year Awards program and WaterSense labeled products, please visit www.epa.gov/watersense.

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WaterSense, a partnership program sponsored by EPA, seeks to protect the future of our nation's water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water with water-efficient products, new homes, and services. Since the program's inception in 2006, WaterSense has helped consumers save 487 billion gallons of water and $8.9 billion in water and energy billsRead on...