Conservation & Outdoor Resources

Spring 2024 Storm Drain Mural Contest

Why Is Conserving & Protecting Our Water So Important?

The City of Gainesville currently provides 22 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 nearly 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 nonpoint sources or stormwater runoff.

Each time it rains, untreated water runs off surfaces (such as roads, parking lots and lawns) and goes into storm drains that lead directly to our waterways. This stormwater 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 has a Stormwater Management Program (SWMP) that establishes different measures that the City uses to reduce the pollutants in stormwater and engage the community. The City's stormwater discharge is regulated through the Phase II MS4 permit issued by Georgia EPD. This permit is renewed every 5 years. The newest permit became effective in December 2022. You can view this permit along with the City’s most recent approved SWMP here

Water Conservation Resources 

The City of Gainesville Department of Water Resources 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 is one of only 28 municipalities to receive this prestigious title.

Conservation Tips

The City of Gainesville recommends incorporating these water savings tips to save you money on your water bill:
- Exchange your toilets for UHET through our Toilet Rebate Program
- Schedule a FREE water assessment of your home or business 
Request a FREE water conservation kit be delivered to your house. 
              These kits include low flow aerators, shower heads, toilet leak tables, home water assessment 
               instructions, and more!
- Follow these additional water conservation tips

Want to Get Involved?

Schedule an educational presentation, water assessment for your home or business, become a part of Adopt-a-Stream or attend the cleanup. Please contact Water Resources' Public Education Program at 770-532-7462 or contact our staff 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.

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