GEFA Presented National Award for Water Efficiency Assistance Initiative
ATLANTA - The Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) Executive Director Kevin Clark announced that GEFA’s Water Resources Division was the recipient of a National Recognition Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) for its Water Loss Technical Assistance Program. GEFA was recognized during a black-tie gala awards program and dinner on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at The Grand Hyatt Washington Hotel in Washington, D.C. Jason Bodwell, senior program manager, managed the program and attended the event to accept the award.
The National Recognition Award in the ACEC 2014 Engineering Excellence Awards competition is a prestigious distinction honoring projects that demonstrate exceptional achievement in engineering.
GEFA’s Water Loss Technical Assistance Program won in the “Statewide Water Efficiency Training Program” category, and will be recognized along with Cavanaugh & Associates, P.A., the program technical manager.
“GEFA is excited to be recognized for its water loss technical assistance program, and we thank the American Council of Engineering Companies for this honor” said Clark. “I’m proud of our Water Resources Division for their hard work and commitment to protecting the state’s water resources, and supporting the state’s culture of conservation by developing effective programs and initiatives.”
GEFA, with an initial budget of $500,000, funded a 10-month training program for small water systems to learn the water auditing process, and then invited these systems to apply for technical assistance through the federal Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program (DWSRF). Eligible systems included those that served between 3,300 and 10,000 individuals and submitted a 2012 water audit to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division by March 31, 2013.
With an additional $494,000 in funding, GEFA provided assistance with projects such as finished water meter flow verification, customer meter testing, and pilot leak detection to 51 utilities. Twenty-three utilities received assistance for pilot leak detection; 17 utilities received finished water meter flow verification technical assistance; and 11 utilities received customer meter testing technical assistance.