Pickens County Water Department
1266 East Church Street
Jasper, Georgia 30143
Hours: 8:00 to 5:00
Pickens County Water & Sewer Authority was established in 1969 by the House Bill 978. Since that time, Pickens County Water and Sewer Authority has been serving the residents of Pickens County with the highest quality of water possible. Everyone is welcome to attend the monthly meetings.
Meeting Schedule: Third Monday of each month
Location: County Administrative Building, 1226 East Church Street, Jasper, GA.
For Emergency after Hours Please Call:
(1) 678-294-1825 (2) 770-827-3269
Persistent dry conditions have prompted the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) to declare a Level 1 Drought Response in 53 counties including Pickens.
A Level 1 Drought Response requires that public water systems implement a public information campaign that shall include, at a minimum, public notice regarding drought conditions and drought-specific public service messages in one or more of the following ways: newspaper advertisements, bill inserts, website homepage, social media, and notices in public libraries. Implementation of this campaign should begin within five days of receipt of this letter.
A Level 1 Drought Response public information campaign should:
- Target all commercial and residential water use, not just outdoor watering; and
- Emphasize what customers should do and what they may do to be good stewards of our water resources. It should not focus on what they can’t do.
- Examples of things to emphasize that residents should do include the following:
- Regularly check for, and repair, leaks inside and outside their home.
- Don’t leave the tap running. When shaving, brushing teeth, washing face, turn off the tap.
- Only water your landscape when necessary and adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk or street.
- For example, the following activities may be done at any time of day under a Drought Response Level 1:
- Irrigation of personal food gardens may be done at any time of day;
- Irrigation of new and replanted plant, seed, or turf may be done at any time of day for 30 days after installation;
- Drip irrigation or irrigation using soaker hoses may be done at any time of day; and
- Handwatering with a hose with automatic cutoff or handheld container may be done at any time of day.
- General landscape watering may be done between 4pm and 10am each day.
More water conservation information is available at http://epd.georgia.gov/water-conservation
The utility responsibilities for water and sewage in Pickens County were established in a State of Georgia, Department of Community Affairs Service Delivery Strategy agreement in 2001. The water services for Bent Tree and Big Canoe are provided privately. The remainder of the county was divided between the City of Jasper and Pickens County. The various water supply jurisdictions are shown on the map below.
Like most of North Georgia, there are no major rivers or lakes in Pickens County to serve as a local water supply. The county jurisdiction has recently been interlaced with an infrastructure of conduit and storage facilities, using both natural wells and water purchased from surrounding areas, to supply participating residents throughout the county.
The quality of our water is monitored carefully. The 2015 Pickens County Consumer Confidence Report can be found here.
As much as 60% of all household water use in the summer months is used outdoors for landscape purposes. Water conservation is the beneficial reduction in water use, waste and loss.. Water Conservation is proven to be the most economical and environmentally protective means of meeting the challenges of water supply management. For more information on Conserving Georgia’s Water you may check out http://www.watersmart.com or http://www.gaepd.org or call Georgia Environmental Protection Division at 888-373-5947 or 404-656-4713.
Connecting to the County Water System
Please be advised that it is necessary for you to come by the office before connecting to the water system.
.WATER RATES & METER FEES
¾ inch meter …… $35.00 Minimum per thousand up to 1,000 gallons
- $ 5.00 per thousand above 1,000 up to 3,000 gallons
- $ 6.00 per thousand above 3,000 to 5,000 gallons
- $ 7.00 per thousand above 5,000 gallons
1 inch meter……$50.00 Minimum per thousand up to 1,000 gallons
2 inch meter……$65.00 Minimum per thousand up to 1,000 gallons
3 inch meter……$75.00 Minimum per thousand up to 1,000 gallons
4 inch meter……$80.00 Minimum per thousand up to 1,000 gallons
6 inch meter…. $110.00 Minimum per thousand up to 1,000 gallons
$5.00 per thousand above 1,000 up to 3,000 gallons
$6.00 per thousand above 3,000 up to 5,000 gallons
$7.00 per thousand above 5,000 gallons and above
WATER FEES .
$100.00….Service Charge – Due when applying for Service and is Non-refundable.
$ 25.00…. Late Fee – Applicable when customer payment is not received in our office by the 15th of each month.
$ 50.00.…. Reconnection Fee – Customers paying after the last day of the month will be cut off for non-payment.
Anyone reconnecting their service must pay a$50.00 Reconnection Fee plus any outstanding balance (This amount includes a $25.00 Late Fee).
Payments must be received in our office by 5:00p.m.
$100.00……After Hours Reconnection Fee – Any Customer choosing to reconnect after 5:00p.m.; must pay a $100.00 After Hours Reconnection Fee. (This amount includes a $25.00 Late Fee) .
Payment Due Date is the 15th of each month, if account balance is unpaid by this date a Late Fee of $25.00 will be added to your account. Customer will be terminated if account balance remains unpaid after the last day of the Month. Your mailed bill will be the only statement you receive; you will not be mailed a late or cut off notice. If you do not receive your mailed bill, it is your responsibility to contact our office for any amount you may owe. Your account will be considered delinquent if your payment has not reached our office by the 15th; this includes all delivery methods – the use of personal on line bill payments or mailing payments. The cut off list will go out on the 1st of the month and all customers who have not paid their bill will be disconnected. A Reconnection Fee of $50.00 (this includes the Late Fee of $25.00) will be due, plus the past due bill. Customers paying monthly bill and Reconnection Fee during Regular business hours are from 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. service will be restored the same day. All other customers that wish to have service restored after 5:00p.m., Will be required to pay an After Hour Reconnection Fee of $100.00 (which includes a $25.00 Late Fee) plus delinquent bill.
Please bring bill when making payment. Please include your account number on your check or money order.
For your convenience a Drop Box is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week located at our office.
Please Note: All Customers will be charged a return check fee of $30.00 per returned check.
THE WATER AUTHORITY IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR WATER LOSS ON THE CUSTOMER’S SIDE OF THE METER.
For more information on our Water Services visit the Pickens County Government web site at: www.pickenscountyga.gov .
For more information on the current drought response rules and other conservation information please visit our office where materials on how to conserve water are available, or you may visit one of the available websites @ www.watersmart.com , www.dca.state.ga.us, or www.gaepd.org . .
TAP ON FEES are as follows: 6”- $35,000.00
4” – $20,000.00
2”- $ 7,500.00
¾”- $1,700.00 . A ROAD ENCROACHMENT FEE APPLICABLE – LONG SIDE METER INSTALLATION
MONTHLY CHARGES WILL APPLY TO ALL ACCOUNTS AFTER METER
INSTALLATION IS COMPLETED.
Starting after 11-2-2005, any new subdivisions must pay the current tap on fee plus a $3,000.00 meter fee per lot.
NOTE: YOUR INITIAL USAGE DATE AND BILLING DATE MAY BE DIFFERENT