The City of Gainesville Environmental Services Division offers many programs that are available to all city and county residents and customers.
Environmental Monitoring Program
Each week, Environmental Specialists perform visual inspections along area streams and routinely collect chemical data. This information allows the City to assess the health of our waterways and address any sources of pollution that might be present. Most importantly, this monitoring allows the City to quickly know if there is a problem.
- Adopt-a-Stream Program - This state-wide program allows community groups of all ages to receive chemical, biological and visual training to 'adopt' any stream or stream segment that is not currently being monitored. After training, groups can monitor their waterway throughout the year to ensure that it remains healthy.
- Annual Stream Cleanup - Each year, a stream cleanup is held at various sites to remove litter and other debris that have been thrown or washed into the waterways. In the past, shopping carts, tires, car parts and even toilets have been found. Look for more information about this year's cleanup in August.
Water Conservation Program and Tips
- Find-a-Leak Workshop Available Online - Water bill increase unexpectedly? You may have a leak. Watch the find-a-leak workshop online to determine if and where you have a hidden water leak. Step-by-step instructions (PDF) are also available to walk you through your home.
- Request a Water Conservation Kit Today! These free kits include the following water efficiency devices: a conservation shower head, two bathroom sink aerators, a kitchen aerator, and dye tablets that are used to detect if your toilet is leaking.
- Free Home and Commercial Water Assessments - These free assessments are available to all residential and commercial customers. A Water Conservation Specialist will come to your home or business and determine how much water is currently being used and how water can be conserved. Save water and money by having your faucet aerators, toilets, showerheads, and possible leaks assessed.
- Toilet Rebate Program - Participate in North Georgia's first Plumbing Retrofit Program. Any single-family residential customer, whose home was built prior to 1993, can replace older model toilets with new water efficient models and receive a 75 dollar credit per toilet replaced. The credit is applied to the applicant's City of Gainesville water bill. Only ultra high efficiency toilets that are 1.1 gallon per flush (gpf) or less will be eligible for the credit. Rebate applications must be accompanied with an original receipt. Applications can be completed online. If a family of four each flush the toilet four times a day and replace one 3.5 gpf toilet with a 1.1 gpf toilet, they can save approximately 35 gallons of water a day or 12,775 gallons a year. If you prefer to mail in your application, access a printable version (PDF).
- Multi-Family/Commercial Toilet Rebate Program- To participate in this rebate program, please see the requirements information sheet.
- Recycling Your Old Toilet
- Water Heater Rebates available from your local power provider- Jackson EMC | Georgia Power
All About Water | Camp GPB
Learn about the importance of water with the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District! In this episode of Camp GPB, kids will engage in a series of easy activities they can do at home to explore how the water cycle works, the flow of water, and how waste water is treated.