With limited water resources and population expected to nearly double during the District’s 30-year planning horizon, the metro Atlanta region faces increasing challenges in managing its vital water resources. The District Plans were created to respond to these water resources challenges. Beginning in 2001, the District engaged in a comprehensive 2-year planning process for stormwater, wastewater and water supply and water conservation. The original plans were adopted in September 2003. In 2007 the Metro Water District began the process of updating the plans. In May 2009 the Metro Water District adopted new plans which replace the 2003 plans as amended. These plans will help protect water quality and public drinking supplies, guard valuable recreational sites, and minimize the potential detrimental impacts of continued urban and suburban development of the region on waters in and downstream of the District.
The three integrated plans offer metro jurisdictions and state officials a set of recommendations for actions, policies, and investment in watershed, wastewater, and water supply and conservation management. They are sound plans, carefully developed to meet state laws, local needs and District goals. They offer a blueprint that supports anticipated growth while preserving the environment. Most importantly, the District plans have laid a foundation for water resources management upon which a future generation may proudly build.