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The USEPA WaterSense Award was given to Cobb County Water System on October 5, 2017 – The Environmental Protection Agency staff hosts the WaterSense Awards annually to recognize those partners that have gone above and beyond in supporting WaterSense. Cobb County Water System was recently honored with the 2017 WaterSense Sustained Excellence Award, the program’s highest award. Cobb Water System is a five-time Promotional Partner of the Year and staff adapts programs and messages to reach customers through many avenues.

STREAM Award was received from The Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District in September 2017 for Outstanding Drought Response in Metro Atlanta. The award was for Cobb County Water System’s comprehensive response to the recent 2016/2017 Drought.

The Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP) in April of 2017 awarded the Cobb County Water System (CCWS) a Comprehensive Education Program of Excellence Award for its Public Education and Outreach Programs on Water Supply & Water Conservation, Wastewater & Sewer, and Watershed & Stormwater.

The Cobb County Water System (CCWS) was rated with a 725/800 Index Ranking on the 2016 Water Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study by the J.D. Power High Customer Satisfaction Study, May 2016.

The Georgia EPD – Adopt-A-Stream Program awarded the Cobb County Watershed Stewardship Program the governmental organization that successfully implemented the goals of the Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Program during 2016.


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized Cobb County Water System with a 2016 WaterSense Partner of the Year Award as a leader in saving water for future generations. Cobb Water was honored at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference on October 6, 2016, in Las Vegas NV, for promoting water efficiency and WaterSense in 2015.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized Cobb County Water System with a 2016 WaterSense Partner of the Year Award as a leader in saving water for future generations. Cobb Water was honored at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference on October 6, 2016, in Las Vegas NV, for promoting water efficiency and WaterSense in 2015.

Since the program began in 2006, WaterSense-labeled products have helped Americans save 1.5 trillion gallons of water and $32.6 billion in water and energy bills. In 2015 alone, WaterSense labeled products saved 437 billion gallons of water. By working together, WaterSense partners across the country continue to make a difference every day.

WaterSense recognizes four Sustained Excellence Award winners, seven WaterSense Partners of the Year, and nine Excellence Award winners for helping to advance and promote WaterSense and water efficiency throughout 2015.

Cobb County (Georgia) Water System, a five-time winner of the WaterSense Promotional Partner of the Year Award, maximized its water savings potential by actively participating in all 2015 WaterSense campaigns. Fix a Leak Week showcased the utility’s biggest event, the third annual Water Drop Dash 5k and Water Festival. Coinciding with

Shower Better Month, Cobb County partnered with The Home Depot during the WaterSense and ENERGY STAR® sales tax holiday Oct. 2 through 4, 2015, to rebate 42 toilets. This effort led to a 100 percent rise in rebates for WaterSense labeled products compared to Cobb County’s average weekend rebated purchases in 2015.

In June 2015, Cobb County introduced Tappy the Turtle, its new mascot, who talks about the WaterSense program and other water-efficient activities on Facebook and Twitter. Tappy wears a “We’re for Water” button and encourages residents to follow him and WaterSense messaging on his social media page. Education was also a focus during WaterSense’s Sprinkler Spruce-Up campaign. Cobb County’s “Ask an Expert” traveling display visited garden clubs, environmental fairs, and community events to educate customers about efficient watering practices.

Cobb County Water System took advantage of the WaterSense H2Otel Challenge in 2015 and worked with other WaterSense partners Green Plumbers USA and Niagara Conservation to install WaterSense labeled Stealth toilets at interested hotels. Summer efforts focused on outdoor water efficiency, and Cobb County promoted irrigation professionals certified by a WaterSense labeled program in its “What to Ask Your Irrigation Professional” handout. The utility also worked with the Water Research Foundation in 2015 on a drought cost-benefit analysis tool to research a new project on water use in multi-family buildings and water supply planning.

For more information about WaterSense, visit www.epa.gov.

The Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP), in November of 2016, presented the Cobb County Water System, System Maintenance Division a Wastewater Collections Platinum Award for Outstanding Operation of a Wastewater Collection System in the category of Large Systems (Over 50,000 Customers)


The Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District Celebrated 15 Years of Innovation and Successful Water Stewardship. Over the past 15 years, the 15 counties, 92 cities, and 55 water systems in the Metro Water District have adopted and updated plans for water supply and water conservation, watershed protection, and wastewater management. Significant achievements include:

  • A 10 percent reduction in total water use since 2000, even as the population has grown by more than 1 million.
  • A decrease in per capita water use of more than 30 percent since 2000.
  • A 50 percent reduction in the number of sewers spills since 2001.
  • A toilet rebate program that has helped replace over 110,000 old and inefficient toilets in metro Atlanta.

The anniversary celebration also recognized impactful and innovative water resource management projects and programs through the STREAM awards.

Cobb County Water System won the Water Supply & Water Conservation Program of Excellence STREAM Award for their Green Cities Program. This a budget-neutral, direct install loan program that enables multi-family and lodging facilities to completely retrofit their properties with high-efficiency fixtures. Currently, more than 800 full sets of fixtures have been replaced with high-efficiency fixtures, saving Cobb Water more than 600,000 gallons per month. Also, thanks to our partners Niagara Conservation, Green Plumber USA, and Marine Plumbing for helping make this possible!

The GAWP awarded the Cobb County Water System, System Maintenance Division for Outstanding Operation of a Wastewater Collection System in the category of Large Systems (Over 50,000 Customers)


The Cobb County Water System was honored as a 2015 WaterSense Promotional Partner of the Year last week by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These awards highlight the commitment of WaterSense partners to rebate, communicate with and educate consumers about WaterSense-labeled products, homes, and programs. Cobb Water System is a four-time Partner of the Year recipient and participated in all of WaterSense's outreach campaigns in 2014.

A total of 17 winners and more than 1,700 other WaterSense partners have helped Americans save 1.1 trillion gallons of water and $21.7 billion in water and energy bills since 2006.

EPA’s WaterSense program protects the future of our nation’s water supply by offering people simple ways to use less water with water-efficient products, new homes, and services. In helping preserve water resources, the WaterSense program supports the goals of EPA’s Clean Water Rule. Also, because saving water also saves energy, the program supports EPA’s Clean Power Plan, which will help communities save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Georgia Association of Water Professionals awarded the Cobb County Water System, System Maintenance Division for Outstanding Operation of a Wastewater Collection System in the category of Large Systems (Over 50,000 Customers).

The Georgia Association of Water Professionals awarded the Cobb County Watershed Stewardship Program the Public Education Direct Media Award.


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized Cobb County Water System (CCWS) with a 2014 WaterSense Partner of the Year award. The Water Efficiency Program was honored at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference for its commitment to water efficiency and efforts to educate Americans about WaterSense during 2013. Read more.

 

In recognition of group leadership of volunteers working to improve Georgia's waterways, the Georgia EPD awarded the Cobb County Watershed Stewardship Program the Rivers Alive Waterway Clean-up Award (Club Category).

The Georgia EPD awarded the Cobb County Watershed Stewardship Program for the local program that best fulfilled the goals of the Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Program during the 2012-2013 reporting year.

In recognition of achievements in F.O.G Programming and Approaches in the largest category (1,000 -5,000+ FSEs), the Georgia F.O.G. Alliance awarded the Cobb County Water System F.O.G. Program the 2013 Program of the Year Award.

The GAWP awarded the Cobb County Water System, System Maintenance Division for Outstanding Operation of a Wastewater Collection System in the category of Large Systems (Over 50,000 Customers).

GAWP awarded the Cobb County Water System Watershed Stewardship Program’s EcoLogical Tips Video Series for the creative program which uses edgy or nonconventional approach to public outreach.

GAWP awarded the Cobb County Water System Watershed Stewardship Program a Public Education Innovative Initiative Award for its EcoLogical Tips Video Series for the creative program which uses edgy or nonconventional approach to public outreach.

Cobb County was honored as the 2011 WaterSense Promotional Partner of the Year by the Environmental Protection Agency. Cobb educates consumers on water efficiency through events and presentations, leading to an 80 percent familiarity of WaterSense among local consumers, compared to just 10 percent a few years ago. Cobb began its water efficiency program in 2005 and has seen its per capita water use drop from 126 gallons per person, per day in 2005 to 113 per person per day in 2010.

 

The County Water System, Water Quality Laboratory Division was a recipient of the 2010 Quality Assurance award presented by the Georgia Association of Water Professionals. The Award was presented under the category of Municipal Wastewater of over 20 million gallons per day.

The Brooke and Branch Puppet Show produced by Cobb County Watershed-Stewardship Program was honored with The Adopt-A-stream in Action Award by Georgia Adopt-A-Stream for effectively utilizing non-traditional formats to introduce the importance of environmental stewardship to raise awareness about water quality to thousands of students across Cobb County.


GAWP presented to the County Water System, Maintenance Division an Outstanding Operation of a Water Distribution System Award 2009 in the category of Large Systems (Over 50,000 customers). This award was processed based on a 97.25 out of a possible 100 points figuration. This was the highest ever awarded to a Water System by the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP).

 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded the WaterSense Promotional Partner of the Year: Large Utility to the Cobb County Water System in Recognition of extraordinary efforts promoting WaterSense in 2008.

Awarded to the Cobb County Water System for Outstanding Operation of a Wastewater Collection System in the category of Large Systems (Over 50,000 Customers).

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources presented Cobb County Adopt-A-Stream Program the EPD Watershed Award to the Cobb County Water System in recognition of Governmental Agencies that have successfully implemented the goals of Adopt-A-Stream.

Presented to the Cobb County Water System Adopt-A-Stream program for promoting watershed awareness through the arts, in recognition of the Color Your Watershed Mural Program.

The GAWP presented to the Cobb County Water System for its Outstanding Water Efficiency Program. Evaluation criteria include the areas of planning, execution, effectiveness, innovation, transferability, and assurance of longevity.

 

The GAWP awarded the Cobb County Water System for outstanding operation of Wastewater collection system in the category of large systems (more than 50,000 customers).

The GAWP awarded the Cobb County Water System, System Maintenance Division, for Outstanding Operation of a Water Distribution System in the category of Large Systems (Over 50,000 Customers).


The GAWP awarded the CCWS a Public Education Program of the Year Award 2008, an exemplary public education program that promotes understanding of the water and wastewater industry and the importance of protecting our water resources.

 

Awarded the Rivers Alive Outstanding Water Way Cleanup Award – Ocean Category (over 200 participants) to the Cobb County Water System (in partnership with Mabry Middle School Environmental Club, KCB, and CCPR&CA).

Awarded by the National Association of counties in recognition of an innovative program which contributes to and enhances county government in the United States.

Awarded to the Cobb County Water System for the Chattahoochee Tunnel by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Georgia (ACEC) and the Georgia Engineering Alliance.

Received for the engineering and planning of the Chattahoochee Tunnel. Evaluation criteria include the areas of contributions to the well-being of people and communities; resourcefulness in planning and solving design challenges; pioneering in use of materials and methods; innovations in construction; impact on the physical environment; beneficial and adverse effects of the project, including aesthetic value; unique approaches and partnerships; risk management; fiscal responsibility; and consideration of sustainability or maintenance. This award recognizes the efforts of all involved to perceive future needs and marks a job well done.

 

Awarded to the Cobb County Water System for the Chattahoochee Tunnel.

Became the 6th community in the State of Georgia to obtain the WaterFirst designation for excellent water stewardship. This designation brings with it reduced interest rates for water and sewer project loans as well as improved chances for Community Development.

The water system holds the highest bond ratings of any water-sewer system in the nation, as ranked by Wall Street's leading bond companies. What that means is lower interest rates for residents when money is borrowed.

Received by the Adopt-A-Stream Program for promoting the protection of our waterways.

The GAWP awarded the CCWS the Outstanding Operation of a Water Distribution System Award in the category of Large Systems (Over 50,000 customers).

Received by the South Cobb WRF, for a facility in the advanced treatment category greater than 10 MGD.

Presented for an exemplary public education program that promotes understanding of the water and wastewater industry and the importance of protecting our water resources.

Received by the Cobb County Water System in recognition of extraordinary actions taken by a local governmental agency to protect watersheds beyond the requirements of the Clean Water Act.

Presented in the category of Large systems (over 50,000 customers).

Presented in the category of Large Systems (over 50,000 customers) for excellent operation and management.

Received for excellence in the field of engineering for the South Cobb WRF 1999.

Recognition of our safety programs reducing disabling injuries by 75 percent over a three-year period.

Reduction in disabling injuries by 25 percent from previous year.