GRAY, GA, AWARDED $810,135 LOAN FOR WATER METER UPGRADES
The city of Gray, Ga., has been awarded a $810,135 Drinking Water State Revolving Fund loan by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) executive committee. The loan will finance replacing approximately 1,825 water meters
throughout the city with an automatic meter reading system. This project will help reduce water meter inaccuracies estimated
between 10 and 25 percent and reduce the labor and expense associated with monthly meter readings.
Gray will pay a 1.03 percent interest rate on the 20-year loan. The loan qualifies for a reduced interest rate because it’s an
eligible water conservation project, and includes principal forgiveness up to $324,054 if all funds are drawn.
“GEFA’s water and sewer programs assist local governments with improving their environmental infrastructure. As part of
the Drinking Water program, cities and counties can also receive affordable financing for water conservation projects,” said
GEFA Executive Director Kevin Clark.
The DWSRF, a federal loan program administered by GEFA, provides communities throughout Georgia with low-interest
loans to fund water infrastructure projects that deliver safe, affordable drinking water. The program is jointly funded by
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state of Georgia. Eligible projects include a wide variety of public health or
compliance-related water supply projects. These projects conserve and improve water resources, and facilitate economic growth
and development. Low-interest loans from this program are available up to $25 million. WW
U.S. WATER ALLIANCE ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD
The U.S. Water Alliance, a national organization advancing a sustainable water future for all, has realigned and refocused
its work around the guiding principle of “One Water, One Future,” naming several individuals to its Board of Directors.
The newly restructured U.S. Water Alliance Board of Directors includes: Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, PolicyLink; Michael Carlin, Deputy General Manager, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission; Al Cho, Vice
President for Business Development and Strategy, Xylem; Julius Ciaccia, Chief Executive Officer, Northeast Ohio Regional
Sewer District; Paul Demit, Vice President, MWH Global; Snehal Desai, Global Business Director, Dow Water & Process Solutions; Monica Ellis, Chief Executive Officer, Global Environment and Technology Foundation & Global Water Challenge; Hank
Habicht, Managing Director, SAIL Capital Partners; Jo Ann Macrina, Commissioner, Atlanta Department of Watershed Management; Erik Meyers, Vice President, Conservation Fund; Andy Richardson, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Greeley
& Hansen; Kevin Shafer, Executive Director, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewer District; Elisa Speranza, Corporate Director and
Senior Vice President, CH2M; Cindy Wallis-Lage, President, Global Water Business, Black & Veatch; and Roger Wolf, Director
of Environmental Programs & Services, Iowa Soybean Association.
The first full meeting of the newly elected Board of Directors is scheduled for April 12, 2016, in Washington, D.C.
The new Board of Directors will steer the organization into its next phase of expansion, with a focus on three strategic priorities: 1) educating and inspiring the nation about the true value of water and need for investment by hosting and staffing the
Value of Water Coalition; 2) accelerating the adoption of one water management strategies; and 3) celebrating what works
and driving innovation in the water sector. WW
U.S. EPA, RECLAMATION PARTNER WITH WESTERN WATER DISTRICTS ON GRANT PROGRAM
Three of the West’s largest municipal water agencies have partnered with federal agencies to kick off the latest round of
an expanded competitive grant program aimed at discovering the next generation of water-saving devices and technologies.
For the first time, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is participating with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation as well
as the Central Arizona Project, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and Southern Nevada Water Authority
in the Innovative Conservation Program. The program, which includes Southern California Gas Co., seeks to advance water-saving efforts by finding new and innovative methods for using supplies more efficiently.
“As Western states brace for another year of drought, many are regarding dry conditions as the new normal,” said Tomás
Torres, EPA’s water division director for the Pacific Southwest. “By supporting the ICP, we’re investing in innovative solutions
to help communities meet the challenges of tomorrow — today.”
This year’s $500,000 ICP cycle focuses on water-saving devices, technologies and strategy proposals that address the water/
energy nexus. Awards will be made in two funding categories: up to $30,000 and between $30,000 and $100,000. Proposals
that address other aspects of water-use efficiency also will be considered. All proposals are due May 23. WW