Sunday, January 25, 2009
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County this week reported a 17.2 percent overall drop in water consumption from 2007 to 2008.
Together residents and businesses conserved 5 billion gallons, said Lynn Smarr, acting director of water resources. Smarr also said the department's revenues were down 5.4 percent, but noted that the impact wasn't huge because the department had planned for it.
"Our shortfall would have been $35.5 million, but our staff has improved our collection rates, updated our fee structure and implemented a summer surcharge that is required by the North Georgia Water Planning District," she said.
Smarr added that unlike the county which has seen its development-related revenue drop 73 percent since 2006, a January 2008 rate increase raised an additional $11.1 million. She said by reinstituting late fees, the department brought in an extra $7.4 million. She also said the summer surcharge, an account activation fee and other billing adjustments netted the utility $24.4 million in new revenues in 2008.