The city of Carrollton received its WaterFirst designation on December 10, 2020, during the city council meeting.

WaterFirst Communities are committed to excellence in watershed assessment, stormwater master planning, wastewater treatment and management, water supply planning and protection, water conservation, water reclamation and reuse, educational outreach, and regional planning.

Receiving this designation demonstrates the city of Carrollton’s commitment to the stewardship of water resources for environmental and economic benefits. The city’s notable accomplishments include:

  • The city is protecting its water supply by constructing a holding pond that will add storage and help alleviate stress on the surface water source during drought periods.
  • The city uses outreach materials to promote its environmental programs, including the Carrollton Greenbelt, recycling, and yard debris programs.
  • The city has coordinated with neighboring entities to track the health of the watershed.

WaterFirst Communities are eligible for financial and other benefits from the state, including a 1% interest rate reduction on Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) loans, annual eligibility for water-related Community Development Block Grants administered by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, and priority status for the 319(h) Grant Program administered by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.

For more information about the WaterFirst Program, visit