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What is a Rain Water Cistern & Why should YOU consider getting one?

Rain Water Cistern#1 - It saves money
The average U.S. household with a averaged sized lot uses up to 3,000 gallons of water weekly for landscape irrigation. This costs money. Collecting rain water allows you to save that money.
Millions of dollars of our tax payer money is used every time it rains to maintain and repair public storm water and sewer systems. By collecting your own water and withholding it from the storm water systems, you save that money to be utilized in another fashion.
#2 - It conserves water

Water conservation is important. Approximately one inch of rainfall on a 2,000 square foot roof creates 1,250 gallons of water that can be reused by your household. 
If you run a sprinkler for a few hours, it can easily use around 500 gallons of water. It is estimated that annually, 66,175 gallons of water are used outdoors per U.S. household & Metro Atlanta water expensive!

Why are we being so wasteful when it is not necessary? Reducing water demand in the U.S. is important, plus a cistern is awesome during a drought!
Do a google search for one in your area!

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AST Secondary Containment ViolationThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 4, hereby gives notice of the issuance of a Consent Agreement and Final Order to Clark/Caddell, A Joint Venture for its construction site known as SATOC Trainee Barracks at Harmony Church, Fort Benning, Georgia (the Respondent). EPA intends to assess administrative penalties of $32,400 under the authority of Section 309(g) of the Clean Water Act (CWA), 33 U.S.C. Sections 1311 and 1342(p). The alleged violations cited are of Section 301 and 402(p) of the CWA. The Respondent is being cited for failure to meet the requirements of the Georgia General Permit, Authorization to Discharge Under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Storm Water Discharges Associated With Construction Activity For Stand Alone Construction Projects, Permit No. GAR100001, issued effective August 1, 2008, with an expiration date of July 31, 2013.
It's important to stay on top of our governments activities.  Whether an enforcement action or proposed actions that will change environmental laws.  This newsletter provides information to keep you informed!
EPA NPDESThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, on June 16th, sent a letter to Congress in support of reinstating the lapsed Superfund "polluter pays" taxes.  Superfund is the federal government's program that investigates and cleans up the nation's most complex, uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites.  If reinstated, the Superfund provision would provide a stable, dedicated source of revenue for the program and increase the pace of Superfund cleanup.  It would also ensure that parties who benefit from the manufacture or sale of substances that commonly cause environmental problems at hazardous waste sites, and not taxpayers, help bear the cost of cleanup when responsible parties cannot be identified. 
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GASWCC Level 2 Online Recertification Course
Recertification Online Course for Level II: Introduction to Design is the first self-paced, self-study online course developed by GSWCC. The course meets the criteria for a Level II continuing education course for the GSWCC and is approved for 4 hours of instruction. Created for design professionals, plan reviewers, engineers, and landscape architects who need Level II recertification, the course allows professionals the opportunity to complete recertification at their own pace completely on the Internet.
Alaska Clean Water Act Enforcement!Should Land Disturbing Activities be allowed to commence by a Local Issuing Authority (LIA) before the Erosion, Sedimentation & Pollution Control(ES&PC) Plan review and approval?
This appears to have been the case in yet another violation of the 2009 Model Ordinance that upon it's adoption, requires that a LIA enforce the requirements of the Georgia Erosion & Sedimentation Act (GESA) as well as the NPDES General Permit requirements on a local level.
                                   THIS? It's up to us!
Make a DifferenceIt's been reported that the City of Warner Robbins (as an LIA the authority to review plans, was investigated  by Georgia for allowing a developer to begin construction before their ES&PC Plan (a document that must meet EPA Clean Water Act/ GESA and local ordinance requirements) was approved.
TO BE CRYSTAL CLEAR, THE NPDES TRAINING INSTITUTE IS A STRONG SUPPORTER OF CONSTRUCTION in methods that sustain and PROTECT OUR WATER RESOURCES and show respect for future generations!  Common Sense has to speak louder than a schedule and/or budget, and should tell us that our rapidly growing population REQUIRES that we do a better job of protecting our streams, creeks, lakes and coastal areas.
Let's face it.  When our own government fails to respect the very NPDES laws it is supposed to enforce, there is no way for the program intended to protect our waterways to be respected by the construction community as a whole.  The end result is a contractor completely confused about his requirements because of the inconsistancy he/she sees all around regarding compliance with their NPDES General Permit.  In prior editions of the newsletter (see our NPDES Training Newsletter Archives), we have discussed the horrible conditions that other countries like China face now with their water quality.  We must learn from their mistakes if any of this stuff is going to work!
The next time you finish a responsible construction project, take a drive, go for a hike, catch a fish or celebrate a successful hunt.....take a moment to think a grateful thought, make a difference somewhere with someone, and give thanks and honor to the United States of America and the sacrifice our past and present military men and women have provided so we can enjoy the liberty and freedom we share, and so easily take for granted!
This Newsletter is intended to be a useful tool for all individuals involved stormwater management, especially those on construction sites.  There is a lot happening now with water regulations!  If you have areas of interest you would like to discuss, or areas of concern you would like included in this newsletter, please contact us at 678-469-5120.
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T. Luke Owen, PG
Principal Trainer, NPDES Stormwater Training Institute