GEFA received 15 applications from communities seeking $195,595,758 in funding for their water supply projects through the Governor’s Water Supply Program (GWSP). The applications will be reviewed and scored on the basis of need, readiness, finances, and regional cooperation and impact. GEFA plans to announce the first round of funding awards later this summer.
The GWSP will have $120 million available for water supply projects during this round. Local governments will be invited again to apply in the second and third rounds of GWSP applications, which are scheduled to begin in January 2013 and January 2014.
to see the list of applicants and project information.
The application period opened in January, and applications were to be postmarked no later than Monday, April 30, 2012. GEFA and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) held workshops in February and March to assist applicants seeking GWSP funding.
In January 2011, Gov. Nathan Deal directed GEFA to develop and launch the GWSP. The purpose of the program is to align and mobilize the resources of the state of Georgia to assist local governments with developing new sources of water supply adequate to meet future water demand forecasts.