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Butts County Now in Non-Drought Status

September 7, 2017 – Richard E. Dunn, Director of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD), has changed Butts County’s Drought Response Level from “Level 1” to “Non-Drought”.  Although EPD is easing the outdoor water use restrictions that were implemented during the most recent drought response declaration, Georgians must continue to follow the year-round non-drought outdoor […]

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Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Adopted

June 13, 2017 – The Authority’s board of directors adopted its annual budget for the year that begins July 1, 2017. The budget projects $4,167,200 in total revenues, $2,683,868 in operating expenses, $2,692,000 in capital expenditures, and $542,900 in debt service payments.  Two major capital projects include water main extensions on roughly nine miles of roadway […]

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Still in Level 1 Drought

May 23, 2017 – Through a phone conference call today, officials at the Georgia Environmental Protection Division confirmed that Butts County will remain in a Level 1 Drought Declaration status for the next quarter.  This schedule allows for outdoor water use between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. only.  This is the same schedule that is allowed […]

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Hay for Sale

April 19, 2017 – We’ve just completed our first 2017 cutting of hay at the Bucksnort Ranch Land Application Facility.  For the next  day or so, square bales are just $4 if you pick them up in the field.  They will be $5 per bale once stored in the barn.  Call 770-775-0042 for more information.

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Engineering for New Water Mains Approved

April 11, 2017 – The Authority’s board of directors approved proceeding with engineering for water mains on the following roads:  Bob Thomas Road, Moore Road, Red Berry Road, Bucksnort Road (part), and Fenner Road.  Also approved was engineering to tie in Dub Walker Road to the West Butts Transmission Main. Design has recently been completed […]

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Seed Grant Approved to Study Bromide in River Water

March 23, 2017 – The Georgia Environmental Protection Division has approved a Regional Water Plan Seed Grant for the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology to study sources of bromide in the Ocmulgee River.  The cash grant of $58,699  will be matched by $44,095 in services from the University of Georgia and a $12,420 cash […]

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Outdoor Water Use Restrictions Eased

March 2, 2017 – Butts County has been downgraded from a Level 2 Drought Response to a Level 1 Drought Response by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.   The Level 1 Drought Response declaration requires that local water utilities continue a public information campaign to help citizens better understand drought, its impact on water supplies and […]

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Drought Surcharge Rates Adopted

December 13, 2016 – The Authority has adopted a Drought Surcharge water rate that will only be implemented if a Level 3 Drought is declared by the State of Georgia.   This was done to comply with the requirements of the Drought Management Rules of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Under the Drought Surcharge rate, regular customers […]

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Drought Restrictions Continue Despite Rain

December 8, 2016 Even though heavy rains have fallen over the last week, Butts County, and much of north central Georgia, is still in an “exceptional drought” according to the National Drought Mitigation Center.    See this link for a detailed map and data:  http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?GA    Citizens are reminded that Butts County still falls under a […]

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Level 2 Drought Declared – Local Supply Still Abundant

November 20, 2016 – Drought conditions across most of Georgia have worsened, with no measurable rain seen locally in almost two months.  Despite the shortage of rainfall, our water system  has an abundant supply in the Ocmulgee River. The Ocmulgee River is currently flowing at 258 cubic feet per second at our raw water intake.  […]

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