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Braselton named a WaterFirst community

BRASELTON - The town of Braselton became the state's eighth WaterFirst community Friday.

Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Mike Beatty toasted the announcement with bottles of water.

"I am so proud of them," he said. "Braselton is a model community. ...Your top-notch team had all the answers, and even had some suggestions on how we can do a better job."

The voluntary designation honors the town for its proactive approach to water resources. Beatty said Braselton was the first community to provide reuse water for residential irrigation, at Chateau Elan's golf course.

Mayor Pat Graham said she hoped Braselton could be a resource for other communities seeking the designation. Gwinnett was one of the inaugural communities to receive the designation, in 2003, along with Clayton County and the city of Savannah.

"They said we were the most qualified city they had seen yet," she said.

The WaterFirst title also means that the town will be eligible for a one percent reduction on interest rates on loans from the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority.