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Gwinnett County's Stormwater Utility: 6 Years Down

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Gwinnett County, located to the North East of Metro Atlanta, experienced exponential development and growth during the 80's and 90's, and now has a population approaching 850,000. In 2003 the County recognized the need to establish a stable funding source to support the management of the County's watersheds and drainage infrastructure. The County ultimately decided on a stormwater utility which raises annual revenues of approximately 30M to manage the county's 1,300 miles of storm sewer, 15 flood control dams and watershed restoration program.

Implementation of the utility involved the development of management structures, policies, an ordinance, a rate resolution and a billing system.

Over the past six years the utility has matured in response to various incidents, regulatory changes, the economic slowdown, and through a process of continuous improvement driven by various studies to better understand the needs of our customers, the watershed and the County's drainage infrastructure.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2012-01-01

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