The Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) is now administering the WaterFirst Program. For the past 15 years, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has managed the program. The transition to GEFA will bring new and exciting opportunities for WaterFirst to grow and expand.

Other than joining GEFA, the program functions will not be affected. The designees and applicants will not experience disruptions to the program or its benefits.

WaterFirst is a voluntary partnership between local governments, state agencies, and other organizations to recognize communities that are committed to water resource stewardship.

WaterFirst communities demonstrate excellence in watershed assessment, stormwater master planning, wastewater treatment and management, water supply planning and protection, water conservation, and water reclamation and reuse. There are 37 WaterFirst communities throughout the state of Georgia.

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