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Recycle your old toilets for free

Recycle your old toilets for free

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- (submitted by News for Neighborhoods) Gwinnett County residents have a free option for recycling old toilets. As part of its Toilet Rebate Program, the Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources is offering toilet recycling to homeowners and renters. Bring your old and broken porcelain toilets to the Department of Water Resources Central Facility located at 684 Winder Highway in Lawrenceville for recycling. You must remove the toilet seat and any plastic parts, including handles.

The facility will accept toilets for recycling at any time.

Homeowners can help by fixing water leaks

 Homeowners can help by fixing water leaks

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- (submitted by the Gwinnett County Government) Gwinnett water officials are urging homeowners to check for common leaks in toilets, faucets and underground irrigation systems as the county continues to conserve its water usage.

“A slow leak in a toilet can waste 10,000 gallons a year – enough to fill a backyard swimming pool,” says Lynn Smarr, Acting Director of Water Resources. She says putting a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank will reveal a flapper-valve leak if the coloring shows up in the bowl within 10 minutes. The County also offers a rebate program to encourage replacing pre-1993 toilets that use 3.5 gallons/flush with new WaterSense models that use only 1.28 gallons.

All Gwinnett water meters have a small black triangle that spins when even a tiny amount of water is going through the meter.

County fills $18 Million Gap in 2011

County fills $18 Million Gap in 2011

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- (submitted by News for Neighborhoods) Gwinnett County's adopted 2011 budget included an $18 million deficit. While that gap represented less than one percent of the total budget, using fund balance to fill the deficit would have been unsustainable.

Everdry Roofing to provide free roof for Atlanta resident

Everdry Roofing to provide free roof for Atlanta resident

BUFORD, Ga. – Everdry Roofing Inc., a 100% female owned roofing business that won a “Best of Gwinnett 2010” is donating a free roof to some lucky Metro Atlanta resident.

This opportunity is, only, open to families and non-profits in need are eligible. Nominees will be judged on need, community involvement, and service to others. A panel of judges, who represent the Gwinnett Chamber members and leaders, will select five finalists and from the one finalist will be chosen to receive a full roof replacement, including all material and labor.

Nominations can only be made at facebook.com/everdryroofing Program nominations must be received no later than April 15, 2011. Recipients will be announced April 22, 2011.

County Gets Boost In Funds For State Route Widening

LAWRENCEVILLE – (submitted by Gwinnett County Transportation) The Board of Commissioners approved an addendum to an agreement with Georgia DOT that will allow the County to accept an additional $28 million in funding for right-of-way acquisition to widen SR 20/Cumming Highway near Sugar Hill from Peachtree Industrial Boulevard to the Chattahoochee River.

The County received $11 million in federal and state funds in October 2010 to purchase right-of-way and easements from approximately 200 properties located along State Route 20. The County is funding land acquisition services associated with the project and acquisitions are now underway.    

This is the last of three projects to replace the only remaining two-lane sections of State Route 20 in Gwinnett.

ARC’s CREATE Community Awards Honor: Gwinnett County

ARC’s CREATE Community Awards Honor: Gwinnett County

ATLANTA — (ARC) Through the annual CREATE Community Local Government Awards program, the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) will recognize five local governments for their innovation and efforts to make the Atlanta region a better place.

The CREATE awards recognize several areas of achievement: Community Involvement & Collaboration (Fayette County), Regional Prosperity & Economic Development (City of Stone Mountain), Environmental Sustainability (Gwinnett County), Application & Innovation in Technology (Fulton County) and Educational Excellence (City of Decatur).

Environmental Sustainability:

AWARD WINNER –Gwinnett County, Gas to Energy Project

With their new “Gas to Energy” system being built at the F.

Georgia EPD Certifies Need for Glades Reservoir

Georgia EPD Certifies Need for Glades Reservoir

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division has certified the need for Glades Reservoir, which is a critical next step in the permitting process for the 850-acre drinking water reservoir proposed by Hall County Government.

EPD approved of the project because Glades Reservoir is an important part of the long-term water supply plan for the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District, which includes Hall County. The reservoir will supply up to 80 million gallons per day for Hall County and its neighbors, securing the region’s water needs for the next 50 years.

The county must obtain water quality, water withdrawal and mitigation permits from the EPD and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers termed the 401 and 404 permits before building Glades. Following receipt of Monday’s letter, Hall County may now continue the permitting process with the EPD and Corps.

This does not affect planned mediation with the City of Gainesville on Feb.