Water Conservation & Outdoor Water Resources
5th Annual Rain Barrel Decorating Contest
The theme this year is Lake Lanier. Six schools and over 150 very creative students participated by decorating rain barrels and writing a short description of their design. Pictures of this year’s entries are available by clicking on the above pictures. Barrels are displayed at the Frances Meadows Center, 1545 Community Way in Gainesville until April 23rd.
Awards: 1st-3rd Middle School, 1st-3rd High School, & People’s Choice.
First place students will get a pizza party and trophy for the school to have for one year! Winners will be announced April 27th at the Spring Chicken Festival’s Chicken City Parade and Re-Hatched upcycled art market. View all the details for the festival at http://www.gainesville.org/spring-chicken-festival.
Middle Schools: Chestatee, East Hall, North Hall & West Hall.
High Schools: Chestatee & West Hall.
Vote for Your Favorite: Two ways to Vote:
1. Facebook – One vote per person per day
Like our page on Facebook by searching: Gainesville Water
Vote for your favorite barrel on the voting poll posted on our Facebook
page. We will post a new poll daily at 8:30am. Share with your friends to get more
2. Email – One vote per email address per day
Email email@example.com your selection
Voting will be from 8:30am Monday April 8th to 12pm Thursday April 25th. Additional pictures of the barrels are available on our Facebook page
Rain Barrel Workshop
Rain barrels are 55 gallon drums that catch rain water for outdoor use. A rain barrel workshop is a chance to learn how to install and use a rain barrel and get your very own to use at home. A rain barrel workshop is scheduled for Thursday July 25, 2013 at 6pm. The barrels are $25 dollars each. If you would like a barrel before the July workshop an individual meeting time can be set up Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm. To register for the workshop and reserve your barrel, please contact Jennifer Flowers at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 770-532-7462.
Water Conservation Resources
The City of Gainesville Public Utilities Department has been completing environmental monitoring and public education around our water resources since 1987. Since the program’s inception, the city has won numerous awards and recognitions including being certified in 2008 as a ‘WaterFirst’ Community. The City of Gainesville is one of only eighteen municipalities to receive this prestigious title.
Why Is Conserving and Protecting our Water Important?
The City of Gainesville currently provides 17.1 million gallons of water a day on average from Lake Lanier to residents of Gainesville and Hall County. By 2030, the area’s population is projected to almost double. With the projected increases in demand, we must conserve our water to ensure an adequate supply in the future. We are also working to keep our water supply clean and free from contaminants while maintaining healthy aquatic habitat in our rivers and streams, which flow into Lake Lanier. Eighty percent of the pollutants found in our waterways are from non-point sources or storm water runoff. Each time it rains, water runs off surfaces (such as roads, parking lots and lawns) and goes into storm drains that lead directly to our waterways, without treatment. This storm water carries with it fertilizers, trash, oil and various other pollutants. Through monitoring, education and community involvement, we are working to protect and conserve our most precious resource - WATER.
The City of Gainesville Environmental Services Division offers many programs that are available to all city and county residents and customers.
Each week, Environmental Specialists perform visual inspections along area streams and routinely collect chemical data. This information allows the City to assess the health of our waterways and address any sources of pollution that might be present. Most importantly, this monitoring allows the City to quickly know if there is a problem.
Water Conservation Programs
Want to get involved? Schedule an educational presentation, water assessment for your home or business, take part in a rain barrel workshop, become a part of Adopt- a-Stream, attend the cleanup, or host Conservation Crusader. Please contact the Environmental Services Program at 770-532-7462 or email email@example.com for more information on the programs that are offered. Don’t see exactly what you are looking for? We still may be able to help.
Water Violator Hotline
Noticed anyone violating the outdoor water restrictions/outdoor watering schedule? You can help make sure water is being used wisely by reporting the violation to our Water Violators Hotline. Please call 770-533-5871 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.