Water Supply

Metro Atlanta relies almost entirely on surface water to meet the water supply needs of the region.  The unique geology of the region, which includes a thick layer of granite, limits access to other water sources such as groundwater and increases our reliance on surface water such as reservoirs and rivers. 
Lake Lanier, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers multi-purpose reservoir, is the primary water supply source for Forsyth County.  The watershed for Lake Lanier has a relatively small drainage area in contrast to the lake's surface area, which can lead to extreme low water conditions during extended dry periods (such as the record low lake level in December, 2007).

As the region's population continues to increase, the demand on water resources will be significantly greater in the future. To help maintain the supply of clean, safe water for all residents throughout the state, and especially during times of low precipitation, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division institutes a series of Drought Response Levels in reaction to changing atmospheric, soil moisture, and water level conditions throughout the year.  Promoting and actively practicing water conservation year-round helps to sustain our water resources as efficiently as possible.

Contact Information

 Address: 110 East Main Street
Suite 150
Cumming, GA 30040
 Phone: 770-781-2160
 Fax: 770-781-2163
 Email: Contact Us

Our Mission

To provide Forsyth County with the highest quality of water and sewer service through progressive leadership and environmental stewardship.