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Atlanta, Georgia

Located on the Piedmont Plateau in the Northern Georgia, Atlanta is located almost entirely in Fulton County, while a part of the city limits extends into DeKalb County. The area size of the city limits is only 132 sq mi (343 km²), but Metro Atlanta which includes 28 counties has an area of 8,376 sq mi (21,693.7 km²). The Chattahoochee River, which forms the Northwestern boundary of the city limits of Atlanta, is a major source of water throughout the metro area. Aside from the river, the topography of Atlanta is assorted with rolling hills, forests, lakes and ponds, and granite Stone Mountain to the east.

The Water Supply Program represents the largest project within the City of Atlanta, Department of Watershed Management Capital Improvement Program. The approximate $320 million project includes the construction of a five-mile conveyance tunnel designed to transport raw water between the Chattahoochee River, the Hemphill Water Treatment Plant and a new 2.4 billion gallon reservoir at the former Bellwood Quarry. It will provide Atlanta with more than 30 days water supply.

Like many major cities, Atlanta has struggled with managing stormwater runoff that leads to flooding, degraded water quality, streambank erosion and property damage. Through green infrastructure projects, such as the permeable pavers in Southeast Atlanta and the Boone Boulevard project, Watershed Management has developed a cost-effective approach to managing stormwater that imitates natural processes and reduces impacts on our rivers and streams.”

Clean Water Atlanta is the City of Atlanta's comprehensive and long-term plan to ensure clean water in our great city for the next generation. The goal of Clean Water Atlanta is to create the cleanest urban streams and rivers in the country within a decade.

Clean Water Atlanta is a comprehensive, multi-program initiative to improve water quality in Atlanta through capital construction programs and enhanced operation of the City's drinking and wastewater systems. The City adopted an aggressive 10 year capital improvement program in 1993, spending more that 1 billion on wastewater and sewer improvements to the drinking water system.

Clean Water Atlanta expands this program to include all projects required to comply with two federal consent decrees and a state consent order, improve water quality throughout metro Atlanta, secure drinking water facilities in accordance with national homeland security guidelines and provide holistic management of the City's resource operation.

Through the programs associated with Clean Water Atlanta, the City of Atlanta will establish, operate and maintain state-of-the-art water resource and infrastructure systems. Clean Water Atlanta will also enable the City to meet water quality requirements in the near and distant future.


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