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Eleven Georgia cities - Adel, Ashburn, Byromville, Byron, Cairo, Comer, Davisboro, Dudley, Griffin, Helen, and Sylvester - along with five other entities were awarded financing totaling $62,784,362 for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) board of directors on May 20.

Published Date: May 20, 2014

According to state civil engineers, Georgia’s infrastructure has failed to improve over the last five years.

Published Date: January 13, 2014

The City of Valdosta Water Treatment Plant has been recognized as the 2013 Water Treatment Plant of the Year by the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP).

Published Date: May 7, 2013

The cities of Alma, Calhoun, Tybee Island, and the Polk County Water, Sewage & Solid Waste Authority, were recently awarded financing totaling $9,700,000 for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA).

Published Date: March 27, 2013

The summer of 2012 saw the most geographically extensive drought in the United States in 50 years. Here in Georgia, the effects of the drought can be seen in the steady drop in water levels in Lake Allatoona and Lake Lanier, the two principal water supply sources for Metropolitan Atlanta.

Published Date: February 7, 2013

The Georgia Environmental Finance Authority awarded $13,455,529 to seven local governments for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements on January 29, 2013.

Published Date: January 31, 2013

Utility workers in Georgia have no need to leave the state to access top notch, intensive training in their respective fields. Since September 2010, the city of Monroe has operated the Georgia Utility Training Academy (GUTA).

Published Date: October 12, 2012

Faced with some expensive options – including spending $6-8 million on a new sewer treatment plant – the city of Royston opted to let nature do its thing, with a little help from some Blue Frogs.

Published Date: October 12, 2012

Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division (EPD), in an effort to improve the wastewater review process in its Watershed Protection Branch (WPB), will now require certification by a professional engineer on infrastructure plans and specifications submitted for WPB’s approval.

Published Date: September 27, 2012

The cities of Ashburn, Cuthbert, Jasper, Jeffersonville, Sylvester and Wadley were awarded financing totaling $5,752,573 for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) board of directors on August 28.

Published Date: August 29, 2012

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released an Integrated Municipal Stormwater and Wastewater Planning Approach Framework to help local governments meet Clean Water Act water quality objectives and prioritize capital investments.

Published Date: June 19, 2012

The Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) recently announced the approval of $25 million in financing for environmental infrastructure projects in six Georgia communities.

Published Date: May 17, 2012

Rural communities across America are working to strengthen their economies, provide better quality of life to residents, and build on assets such as traditional main streets, agricultural and working lands, and natural resources.

Published Date: January 11, 2012

Before January 1, 2011, all cities and counties in Georgia are required to adopt outdoor watering restrictions in conformity with O.C.G.A. § 12-5-7(a.1).

Published Date: November 2, 2010

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently released Fighting Fraud with the Red Flags Rule: A How-To Guide for Business.

Published Date: July 15, 2009

Q&A from Ask GMA.

Published Date: February 9, 2009

The Federal Trade Commission adopted regulations in 2007 requiring all utility companies and other entities that act as creditors, and provide certain types of accounts, to enact "red flag policies" to protect consumers from identity theft.

Published Date: September 30, 2008

The Environmental Protection Agency's "Financing Alternatives Comparison Tool" is a a free financial analysis tool that helps identify the most cost effective method to fund a wastewater or drinking water management project.

Published Date: August 8, 2008

This EPA publication helps utilities systematically assess their current energy costs and practices, set measurable performance improvement goals, and monitor and measure their progress over time.

Published Date: April 18, 2008

Published Date: February 1, 2005

This guide is a discussion of sources for capital projects funding and is intended to assist municipal officials in identifying issues so that they can discuss them and appropriately consult with their city attorney.

Published Date: July 1, 2003

The generally accepted process to select an engineer is referred to as Qualifications Based Selection, or QBS.

Published Date: December 21, 2001

Georgia Law requires that contracts for public works construction projects be awarded in an open and competitive manner.

Published Date: December 19, 2001

Q&A about Georgia's Public Works Construction Law.

Published Date: December 1, 2001

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