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Households, businesses, schools and governments understand the difference a pledge makes. We are united in water conservation, together saving thousands of gallons each day and sharing our stories of commitment. See how others are leading in smart water use and join the movement by taking the pledge today.

How are we doing on the Pledge?

857 Pledges Made

Individuals & Families

Individuals & Families

10,312,710 Gallons
787 Pledges
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Businesses & Organizations

Businesses & Organizations

36,980,208 Gallons
40 Pledges
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Schools

Schools

2,154,837,623 Gallons
15 Pledges
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Government

Government

12,750,000 Gallons
15 Pledges
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Some of the Individual & Family Stories...

Scotty

Scotty

When I re-landscaped my yard, I made a conscious decision to make it water-friendly. The front yard is very sunny. I reduced the amount of turf grass by two-thirds and planted a species of grass that can withstand Atlanta’s hot summers and still look good with a minimum of watering. Plantings included drought-tolerant shrubs and plants like sasanquas,

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Abby

Abby

As a family we are committed to water conservation and continue to save water by using high efficient appliances and low flow toilets, faucets and showerheads. We check for leaks often and fix them quickly! We're teaching our 8 month old to turn off the water when brushing his teeth and washing his hands. We're going to start composting instead of

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Alana Moss

Alana Moss

Grace

Grace

I replaced the regular hoses and sprinklers in my garden with soaker hoses. That way less water evaporates and more gets to the plants.

Melinda

Melinda

I love my WaterSense toilet installed last year and my front load high efficiency Energy Star washing machine installed two years ago. These two fixtures have made a huge difference in our consumption. I am fortunate to live on a lot that is heavily wooded without any turf areas; it requires no additional water. I am installing a rain barrel this

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Marissa

Marissa

My family just purchased a high efficiency EnergyStar clothes washer and dryer which have many settings to customize how you run each load of laundry. Our clothes washer has a water factor of 3.2 which means it uses 3.2 gallons of water per cubic foot of laundry. EnergyStar requires their clothes washers to have a water factor of 6 or less to be

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Sarah

Sarah

We catch as much water as we can in containers while we are waiting for it to turn hot. It's amazing how much water from the faucet is used on a daily basis- drinking water, the dog's drinking water, coffee pot, watering indoor plants, water used in cooking/washing vegetables. You can really save a lot of water when you think ahead.

Lena

Lena

I have installed a dual flush toilet handle on my 1.6 gallon toilet. It was purchased at Home Depot for less than $20. I also intend to install rain barrels to use for irrigating my landscaping this Spring.

Jennifer

Jennifer

I take "Navy" showers. I catch shower water in a bucket and use it to flush my toilet. I have rain barrels (4), and I collect HVAC condensate during warm months -- I use condensate and rainwater exclusively to water plants outdoors. I've been in my house 4 years, and I've never used to outdoor water spigot! Water conservation is a regular part of

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Marty & Dan

Marty & Dan

Collect cold water to water house plants while waiting for hot water to wash with. Only water special landscape needs in evening or very early in the morning. Collect downspout water in a rain garden so water can infiltrate and not run off.

Petra

Petra

Had plumber to fix water level in toilet tank to half full. By doing this has not affected the water pressure when flushing the toilet.

Lisa

Lisa

We're strictly a shower household. Will replace washer soon. Most frequently used toilets are low-flow. We use water-saver function on Bosch dishwasher -- it uses six gallons and the dishes are always clean.

Carly

Carly

We have a toilet bank (2) and we just bought supplies to make a rain barrel to water our garden.

Rita

Rita

We have 5 rain barrels = 300 gallons. Lots of natives; don't water the grass. Have cut our grass area in half. Have an energy efficient HVAC; and have replaced all but two of our windows.

Boyd

Boyd

Manually operating the irrigation system only as necessary, rather than having it operate automatically on a schedule.

Ken

Ken

Using drought tolerant landscaping

Dan

Dan

Using rainbarrels (3 around the house) to water shrubs (forget the lawn!) Installing recirculation line back to hot water tank to bring hot water to bathroom without running water down the drain until it gets hot.

Ashley

Ashley

Reducing electricity use

Anna

Anna

Before taking shower, save the cold water in the bucket before the water turns to hot water. Use the water for toilet flushes. After washing the vegetables, save the water for later use such as soaking the dishes before putting them into the dishwasher.

Geri

Geri

trickle irrigation instead of hose watering garden

Stephen

Stephen

Using drip irrigation in the vegetable garden

Sam

Sam

Rain barrels are being purchased for both the front and back of the house.

Lila

Lila

I have replaced 3 toilets

Jim

Jim

We have not replaced our toilets yet, so we put a milk jug full of water in the tanks to reduce the amount we flush. We also set a timer to limit the length of our kids' showers.

Janet

Janet

I already have low-flow fixtures; I take short showers; we do one load of dishes per week and two loads of laundry per week. We have a water-efficient washing machine, a compost pile and no leaks. Our usage ranges from 2-3 CCF every month. And I'm finally getting two low-flow toilets!

John

John

I am planting native species in my yard. I will be using rain barrels to capture rain water and save it for irrigation. I will most likely be creating a rain garden in the low spot of my yard to capture runoff and encourage infiltration.

Kenneth

Kenneth

This year I we will install two barrels in order to capture rain water. The purpose of use is to water the lawn as well as our flowers.

Charlene

Charlene

I conserve water by educating others about the importance of conserving water.

Katie

Katie

We do not irrigate our lawn, letting nature provide the needed water.

Debbie

Debbie

Use a rain barrel to catch water for irrigation. Use a bucket to catch water in the shower while the water is getting warm to water house plants.

Gina

Gina

We will begin collecting rainwater to use for the watering of our plants as opposed to using tap water.

Stephanie

Stephanie

We collect rainwater in a cistern to water our outdoor plants. We collect the condensation from our air conditioner and use it to keep our compost piles wet during the summer months.

Pam

Pam

Already doing things I didn't check. Installing a rain barrel soon. Already purchased.

Sharon

Sharon

No baths. I save water when I run water at the kitchen sink to water my plants, and I save water when I run water for my shower to flush my toilet. I don't let the water run while washing my dishes, and I plan to install a rain barrel on my back deck this summer.

Emily

Emily

I have already replaced the older toliet and installed low flow sink aerators.

sybil

sybil

Try to turn off lights as electricity used most water :-)

Kelen

Kelen

Turning off the water while washing hands and using a soaker hose instead of a regular hose to water plants

Ben

Ben

Capture rain water & gray water for irrigation using 3 containers

Carl

Carl

Hand washing dinner plates and only running the dishwasher once a week. Washing only full load of laundry.

Kellan

Kellan

I've replaced my showerhead to one that uses less water, but it's designed to add more oxygen to the water so you can't tell the difference!

Tracy

Tracy

We collect rain in rain barrels and use it to water my flowerbeds.

Caren

Caren

We use rain barrels for watering shrubs instead of the hose. We have already replaced washer/dryer to more energy and water efficient. Jump in pool to cool down thru-out the day instead of cold showers.

Ashley

Ashley

Connie

Connie

Lane

Lane

I am going to try to save the water in our shower while we wait for the water to warm up! Since it takes a while for our shower to warm up - this should save A LOT of water in our family of 6!

Carl Holt

Carl Holt

Filling a plastic container to hand wash dishes. Washing clothes every 2 weeks.

Some of the Business & Organization Stories...

Southface Energy Institute

Southface Energy Institute

Since 1978, Southface has worked with the construction and development industry, government agencies and communities to promote sustainable homes, workplaces and communities. Recognizing that buildings produce half of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, we believe that sustainability initiatives

Our award-winning Southface Eco Office, located in downtown Atlanta, is one of the most sustainable office facilities in the world, and represents our daily commitment to water and energy efficiency. The building was designed with a variety of sustainable features that allow the Eco Office to use 84% less water and 53.3% less energy than a comparable, code-built facility. The 10,100 sq. ft. office accomplishes significant water-use reduction by using captured rainwater for all sewage conveyance and irrigation, which significantly reduces the need for municipally provided potable water. Highly efficient water closets, waterless urinals, low-flow faucets and native landscaping also contribute to the excellent water-use performance of the Eco Office. In addition, the building incorporates an extensive green roof and previous paving to manage and capture storm water runoff, reducing municipal water treatment loads.

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Yuppies & Company Leah  King

Yuppies & Company Leah King

Yuppies & Company reduces its water use by encouraging individuals to not leave water running needlessly. The company limits toilet flushes only to solid waste, we also re-use water for animal usages. In addition, we spread water saving tips through outreach events such as, The Poochella Sustainability Festival coming this June to Piedmont Park.

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Fockele Garden Company

Fockele Garden Company

The Fockele Garden Company designs, installs and manages fine gardens and large commercial and institutional landscapes, and has developed a strong emphasis on sustainable landscaping practices. The Fockele Garden Company designs and installs rainwater harvesting systems and has

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Thoms Trees and Plants, Inc.

Thoms Trees and Plants, Inc.

Thoms Trees and Plants works with landscape architects, growers and installers to use water wisely following the Georgia Water Wise tenents of using the right plant, in the right place, planted right.

Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper

Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper

Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper is devoted to the protection and restoration of the Chattahoochee River, the major source of drinking water for 3.5 million people in the metro Atlanta area. Through our multi-faceted “No Time to Waste” campaign," we offer rain barrel workshops and water

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Crabapple LandscapEXPERTS

Crabapple LandscapEXPERTS

Crabapple is a full-service landscape management company. Our company helps our customers to make water-conscious decisions on their properties, particularly with their irrigation systems. Older irrigation systems used A LOT of water; retrofitting systems to conserve water can greatly reduce

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BUILDING GREENER

BUILDING GREENER

By promoting Rainwater Harvesting and water efficiency through out my world and beyond. My water use is minimal at 20-30 gallons per day. I want to get more people to do the same. For more info on good and bad water information go to http://SavingWithRain.info

Watershed Alliance of Sandy Springs

Watershed Alliance of Sandy Springs

We work to encourage respect and responsibility for our water beginning at the springs and streams that feed the river that gives us life and makes our world so conveniant.

We are working with The Rain Barrel company to encourage people to install these simple devices. We also support the use of rain gardens as a way of beautifying yards

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Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

When we built our chamber building, we made sure we had water efficient toilets in the building. We promote water conservation to businesses and individuals in Gainesville / Hall County.

Idbids

Idbids

At Idbids LLC, our mission is to teach a generation to care for our Earth. Through our educational products and programs, we encourage children to become, through small steps, an important part of a much bigger picture – to understand their responsibility as citizens locally and globally. Our employees are committed to this mission and we work

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Southeast Green

Southeast Green

Dual Flush Toilets, no unnecessary watering

The Acting Camp

The Acting Camp

We are going wash the dishes less and shower infrequently.

Southeast Energy Assistance

Southeast Energy Assistance

Our agency use low flow toilet for the restroom(s).

Care & Conserve

Care & Conserve

On behalf of the City of Atlanta, Department of Watershed Management, SEA installs low-flow devices to the homes of low-income families and makes plumbing repairs under the Care and Conserve Program. We serve approximately 200 homes per year. Additionally, under Care and Conserve and another

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Live Thrive, Inc

Live Thrive, Inc

We collect rain water- run dishwasher twice a week-turn water off when washing hands.

Atlanta Regional Commission

Atlanta Regional Commission

ARC is committed to reshaping policies that affect our internal sustainability and those that set an example for others in the Atlanta region. We are committed to raising awareness of the importance of sustainability and leading the way between the theory and practice of environmental planning. Our Green Communities Program recognizes local governments

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Green Building Chronicle

Green Building Chronicle

Keep all showers below 7 minutes. Use left over water in glasses for plants.

Captain Planet Foundation

Captain Planet Foundation

The Captain Planet Foundation works to educate youth about the importance of protecting our natural resources, including water. We also have a compost bin in our kitchen to keep food scraps out of the garbage disposal, and we have low flow toilets and aerators on our sinks. We also

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Sustainable Norcross

Sustainable Norcross

Sustainable Norcross offers Water Saver Workshops to make DIY rain barrels and sells completed rain barrels ready for installation.

VIS VIVA Energy and Services, Inc.

VIS VIVA Energy and Services, Inc.

VIS VIVA Energy and Services, Inc. has installed faucet aerators and low flow shower-heads in more than 250 homes in the past six months alone.

Some of the School Stories...

Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy

Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy

School staff, administrators, students, parents and volunteers came together to develop a water-efficient landscape at Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy. The school installed a rainwater capture system and stormwater control system. The school uses this system of rainwater catchment, stormwater controls and vegetative planting to educate its students

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Compton Elementary School

Compton Elementary School

Compton Elementary received a $25,000 grant from Lowe’s Heroes Program during the 2008-2009 school year to teach the students and community members about water conservation. In collaboration with Cobb County Water System and Compton Elementary School, the students, staff

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Emory University

Emory University

Emory has a well-established program in Green Building, with one of the largest inventories in the county by square footage of LEED-certified green buildings among campuses. Emory’s green buildings conserve water in the following ways:

• A closed-loop laser system helps the Math and Science Center save 2.8 million gallons of water per

• Water use in Candler Library has been reduced by 30 percent.

• Low-flow fixtures in the Goizueta Business School reduced water use by 20 percent. Cisterns also capture storm water and condensate from air handling units for irrigation.

• Water-saving fixtures at the Winship Cancer Center reduced water use by 24 percent.

• The Whitehead Biomedical Research Building and Emory’s Children’s Center conserves water and energy at the same time by using large heat wheels to wring the humidity out of the atmosphere resulting in almost 4 million gallons of water being captured and used in Emory’s chilled-water system.

• Emory’s Evans and Few residence halls, designed to LEED standards, pump collected rainwater using solar power to flush toilets. Emory's Longstreet and Means first-year residence halls collect grey water and rain water for toilet flushing.

• Installing low-flow shower heads, dual-flush toilets, and waterless urinals at various locations on campus.

• Rainwater cisterns holding over 350,000 gallons of collected rainwater can be used to water campus trees and gardens.

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Coweta County School System

Coweta County School System

Coweta County School System has implemented a system-wide water conservation curriculum for 4th graders. The curriculum was developed with the help of local water providers, business partners, and our county extension office. The curriculum is integrated into the science curriculum and taught throughout the school year. Teachers are invited to

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Welch Elementary School

Welch Elementary School

Encouraging our students to conserve water both at school and at home.

Murdock Elementary

Murdock Elementary

In our class we have pledged to take shorter showers. We reuse water bottles. Turn off the water while we brush our teeth. Not doing as many loads of laundry. No hand washing of dishes.

Cobb County School District

Cobb County School District

The Cobb County School District (CCSD) has worked closely with the Cobb County Water System and implemented several water conservation initiatives that have led to considerable savings of this valuable resource. These initiatives include: • Monitoring and trending all water bills to determine those that have abnormal increases and dispatching

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Some of the Government Stories...

City of Atlanta

City of Atlanta

Mayor Kasim Reed has set a goal for Atlanta to become one of the top ten sustainable cities in the nation. Achieving this goal will improve the quality of life of Atlanta’s citizens by enhancing the environment, while at the same time, supporting job creation and long-term economic growth. The City of Atlanta is committed to improving

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Gwinnett County

Gwinnett County

In response to the 2007 drought, Gwinnett County began a concerted effort to reduce water usage in its facilities and daily operations. All County departments have taken positive steps to conserve water. Some of the initiatives implemented include: • Fleet Management — discontinued use of its car washing facility. • Facilities Management

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Cobb County

Cobb County

Cobb County conducted water audits of all government facilities. Upgrades to low-flow products were made to 479 toilets, 126 urinals, 133 showerheads and 50 sink aerators, resulting in water savings of almost 30 percent in the county’s public buildings and 8 percent in the detention center,

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Clayton County Water Authority

Clayton County Water Authority

In the late 1990's, the Clayton County Water Authority Board of Directors and Management Team began researching methods to decrease our water loss. In March 2000, a Leak Detection & Repair Program was implemented. When developing this system the goals were always to develop and maintain a comprehensive Leak Detection Program by surveying the entire

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Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District

Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District

Part of the job of the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District is to develop regional plans for water supply and water conservation in the metro Atlanta region. Our Water Supply and Water Conservation Plan outlines 19 water conservation measures required for our local governments

1. Conservation pricing

2. Replace older, inefficient plumbing fixtures

3. Pre-rinse spray valve retrofit education program

4. Rain sensor shut-off switches on new irrigation systems

5. Sub-unit meters in new multi-family buildings

6. Assess and reduce water system leakage

7. Residential water audits

8. Low-flow retrofit kits for residential users

9. Commercial water audits

10. Education and public awareness

11. Install high efficiency toilets and high efficiency urinals in government buildings

12. New car washes to recycle water

13. Expedite existing programs to identify and reduce both real and apparent water losses*

14. Multi-family high efficiency toilet rebate program*

15. Install meters with point of use leak detection*

16. Require private fire lines to be metered*

17. Maintain a water conservation program*

18. Water waste policy to reduce outdoor water waste

19. High efficiency plumbing fixtures consistent with state legislation.

*Indicates that implementation of this measure is only required by the water systems that receive their water supply directly from Lake Lanier of the Chattahoochee River; this includes all of the water systems in Cobb, DeKalb, Forsyth, Gwinnett, and Hall Counties and those systems in Fulton County except for the cities of Palmetto, College Park, and East Point.

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City of Alpharetta

City of Alpharetta

The City of Alpharetta recently achieved gold level certification under the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Green Communities Program.

• Conducting water audits on city buildings

• Requiring all city owned buildings to install high-efficiency plumbing fixtures as such as WaterSense toilets, urinals and faucets

• Capturing rainwater at Rock Mill Park for irrigation to establish new planting.

At Webb Bridge Park, rainwater is pumped from a retention pond to irrigate the ball fields throughout the park. Rain barrels located on site used for watering landscaping at the Mansell House/ Recreation Administrative Offices and Alpharetta Adult Activity Center.

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Douglas County

Douglas County

Douglas County’s upgrades to low-flow fixtures have been completed in all county-owned buildings. Irrigation systems were upgraded to have low-flow heads and rain sensors. Over 380 fixtures were replaced. The county has begun a program to analyze water use data annually in all county buildings. Douglas County now requires all new city-owned buildings

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DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management

DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management

Several of DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management’s (DWM) long-term water conservation efforts have been successfully implemented and underway. As a department, we pledge to save approximately 1 million gallons of water (over the next year). We plan on doing so by implementing

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City of Kennesaw

City of Kennesaw

Low flow toilets.

Cherokee County Water & Sewerage Authority

Cherokee County Water & Sewerage Authority

Cherokee County Water & Sewerage Authority has implemented many important water conservation measures to date including the early adoption of an inclined rate structure to promote water conservation. Our Rose Creek Water Pollution Control Plant provides high quality reclaimed water for irrigation needs of a local golf course, saving potable water

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Coweta County Water and Sewerage Authority

Coweta County Water and Sewerage Authority

Coweta County Water and Sewerage Authority has an active leak detection, meter calibration and change out program. The water authority has special meters that will tell us if our customers have a leak. When a leak is detected water authority personnel will alert the customer of their irregular water use. We also are involved with the Coweta County

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Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority

Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority

Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority In response to the 1988-1989 drought, Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority (CCMWA) began efforts to create awareness of the necessity of water conservation in Georgia. The waterSmartSM program was initiated in 2000 to educate service-area residents of all ages about the importance of indoor and outdoor water

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Rockdale Water Resources Deirdre ` Blackard

Rockdale Water Resources Deirdre ` Blackard

Rockdale Water Resources is committed to smart planning for water conservation. The rapid growth of Rockdale has created several challenges for the county, including the need to provide adequate supplies of drinking water while maintaining the water distribution infrastructure. RWR is currently pursuing several initiatives that promote water loss

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My Drop Counts

My Drop Counts