Macon Water AuthorityPopular AnnualFinancial Report     2012   This Report is dedicated to the memory of        Chairman F...
A Message From your Executive DirectorOn behalf of the Board and the Employees of the Macon Water Authority, I want to tha...
Authority MembersLeft to Right: R. Kirby Godsey, Ph.D, Chairman; Frank Patterson, Vice-Chairman, Dist. 4;Dorothy “Dot” Bla...
The Annual ReportThe Macon Water Authority (MWA) has prepared this 2012 Popular Annual Financial Report(PAFR) as a means o...
The System                              Water & Sewer ServicesThe Authority provides both water distribution and sewer ser...
OUR PATH TO GOLDThe Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies               AMWA officials, during the Association’s Annu...
In Memoriam                         Frank C. Amerson, Jr.,                      Macon Water Authority Member              ...
In Memoriam                              Frank C. Amerson, Jr.,                           Macon Water Authority Member    ...
FINANCIAL ACTIVITYTotal Revenues = $45,880,278                                                                            ...
HISTORICAL FINANCIAL ACTIVITY                        2007-2012      Operating Revenues              Operating Expenses$50,...
FINANCIAL POSITION                             DEBT COVERAGE RATIO                                              The debt s...
DID YOU KNOW?                            What a Value Water is in Macon!                                Value for 3,000 ga...
DID YOU KNOW?The Authority operates Macon Soils, an Authority subsidiary that handles therecycling of biosolids. Biosolids...
Infrastructure Rehabilitation                               & Capacity PlanningThe Authority continues a proactive approac...
GOOD STEWARDS OF THE ENVIRONMENT                                    WATER LOSS CONTROL PROGRAMIn late 2010, the Macon Wate...
GOOD STEWARDS OF THE ENVIRONMENT                    WATER LOSS CONTROL PROGRAMFinished Water Meter Flow Verification      ...
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENTOcmulgee Alive! was created by MWAin 2005. This is an annual effort inpartnership with local communit...
AWARDS    The MWA received a number of awards from both State and Federal Agencies in 2012    recognizing the utility as a...
Frank C. Amerson, Jr.Chairman Macon Water Authority1976 - 2012                                 20
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  1. 1. Macon Water AuthorityPopular AnnualFinancial Report 2012 This Report is dedicated to the memory of Chairman Frank C. Amerson, Jr., a visionary, a leader, a friend of the MWA
  3. 3. A Message From your Executive DirectorOn behalf of the Board and the Employees of the Macon Water Authority, I want to thank youfor your interest in our inaugural edition of the Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR). ThisPAFR covers our fiscal year ending September 30, 2012. The PAFR has been laid out toprovide the reader with an overview of our 2012 fiscal year.The goal of this inaugural report is to present, in an easy-to-read format, a summary of thefinancial activities and events of your Water Authority. It provides a brief analysis of thesources of the Authority’s revenues and an explanation of how those revenue dollars werespent. The PAFR also shares with the reader, historical financial information that helps gagethe financial stability of the Authority. These pages include our balance sheet data and debtcoverage ratio’s. The PAFR also highlights examples of a few projects and awards that theBoard and Staff were proud to have brought to our customers.This year the Authority also lost a dear friend and leader of more than 35 years with thepassing of our Chairman, Mr. Frank C. Amerson, Jr. We have dedicated this inaugural PAFRto the memory of Mr. Amerson and have included a memoriam within these pages.I hope you will find this report useful and informative. If you desire more detailed information,you may access our Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) at the MWA websitelocated at maconwater.orgDuring the coming year, your Board and Authority staff will continue planning for theAuthority’s long-term financial health and stability as we do each and every year. Ourpriorities will continue to focus on customer service, product quality, environmentalstewardship and economic development in the communities that we serve.A special thank you is owed to the Authority’s Chief Financial Officer, Guy Boyle, the trueauthor of this, our first PAFR, for his time, effort and commitment in creating this valuabledocument.Please contact me or Chief Financial Officer, Guy Boyle, if you have questions or comments.I look forward to hearing from you.Tony RojasExecutive Director 3
  4. 4. Authority MembersLeft to Right: R. Kirby Godsey, Ph.D, Chairman; Frank Patterson, Vice-Chairman, Dist. 4;Dorothy “Dot” Black, Dist. 1; Javors J. Lucas, Dist. 2; Steve Rickman, Dist. 3; Ed DeFore, City of Macon; Bert Bivins III, Bibb County Staff Members Tony Rojas, Executive Director Ray Shell, Assistant Executive Director Guy Boyle, Chief Financial Officer Kellie Giles, Human Resources Director Blain Harrell, Macon Soils Manager Jimmy McAnn, Information Technology Director Gary McCoy, Amerson Water Treatment Plant Director Kirk Nylund, Customer Care & Field Services Director Larry Reynolds, Wastewater Operations Director Michel Wanna, Field Operations Director Mark Wyzalek, Laboratory/Environmental Compliance Director 4
  5. 5. The Annual ReportThe Macon Water Authority (MWA) has prepared this 2012 Popular Annual Financial Report(PAFR) as a means of sharing information about the MWA, in a less technical format, with ourcustomers and our community partners. The information contained in this PAFR is an unauditedsummary of our fiscal year 2012 ended September 30, 2012. The financial information containedin this PAFR was taken directly from the audited fiscal year 2012 Comprehensive AnnualFinancial Report (CAFR). The CAFR was prepared in conformance with generally acceptedaccounting principles (GAAP) and includes financial statements audited by Mauldin & Jenkins,LLC., a professional CPA Firm. The CAFR is available on our website at www.maconwater.orgStrategic Planning Asset Management Economic Development Environmental Stewardship Dedication Infrastructure RehabCapacity Planning Project Management Innovation 5
  6. 6. The System Water & Sewer ServicesThe Authority provides both water distribution and sewer services to residential, commercial andwholesale customers. The Water Distribution System has approximately 1,664 miles of water mains andwater distribution lines serving approximately 50,000 metered customers. The Authority has one watertreatment plant, the Amerson Water Treatment Plant, located on the east bank of the Ocmulgee River inJones County, GA. Construction began on the Amerson Water Treatment Plant in late 1996 and this stateof the art water treatment facility came on-line in the year 2000.The Amerson Water Treatment Plant intake pipes draw water from the Ocmulgee River which flowsthrough Bibb County. The Authority has a withdrawal permit that allows up to 110 million gallons a day tobe withdrawn from the Ocmulgee River. During peak customer demand periods which occur during thesummer months, the Amerson Plant often reaches and occasionally exceeds a 40 million gallon per daydemand level.The Authority constructed in the 1990’s and currently maintains the Javors Lucas Lake reservoir that islocated on approximately 3,000 protected acres of watershed. Lucas Lake is on the same grounds as theAmerson Water Treatment Plant. Lucas Lake is an off-stream pump storage reservoir. It has beendetermined the reservoir can provide 72 million gallons a day during extended drought conditions. TheAmerson Water Treatment Plant is capable of producing up to 60 million gallons a day. With additionalmodifications the facility can be expanded to 90 million gallons a day. Equipment and systemredundancies allow the Amerson Water Treatment Plant to continually operate without interruption. TheState of Georgia’s Middle Ocmulgee Regional Water Plan (adopted in 2011) made projections of drinkingwater capacity needs through the year 2050 and found that the Authority has more than sufficient capacityto meet expected customer growth estimates.In addition the Javors Lucas Lake and grounds provide a habitat for an abundance of wildlife includingdeer, turkey, fox and water fowl. Javors Lucas Lake also provides the surrounding communities withaccess to some of the best fishing in the Middle Georgia area. In addition to the Amerson WaterTreatment Plant and Javors Lucas Lake, the Authority maintains 17 large volume water storage tanks and7 major pump stations throughout its water distribution system.The Authority operates a sewer system, which includes approximately 220 miles of interceptor sewer linesand approximately 740 miles of sanitary sewer lines serving nearly 40,253 sewer customers. The sewersystem is supported by seven major lift stations and many smaller lift stations located throughout theservice network. Collected wastewater is treated at one of two wastewater facilities having a combinedcapacity of 44 million gallons per day. Wastewater is processed at either the Rocky Creek WaterReclamation Facility with a capacity of 24 million gallons per day or the Lower Poplar Water ReclamationFacility with a capacity of 20 million gallons per day. 66
  7. 7. OUR PATH TO GOLDThe Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies AMWA officials, during the Association’s Annual meeting(AMWA) has honored the MWA with its Gold Award this in Portland, honored only four other utilities in 2012 withyear for exceptional utility performance, making the the Gold Award for “Exceptional Utility Performance.”presentation to Authority officials during the The MWA joins Denver (Colorado) Water, Grand StrandAssociation’s awards ceremony at the 2012 Annual (South Carolina) Water & Sewerage Authority, andMeeting in Portland, Oregon. Suffolk County (New York) Water Authority, as 2012 AMWA Gold Award recipients.The Macon Water Authority is in select company. TheMWA’s Gold Award from the AMWA marks only the “AMWA’s 2012 award winners are industry-leadingfourth time a water utility from the state of Georgia has water systems with innovative managers and dedicatedwon this prestigious national honor. “The receipt of this workforces who create sustainable utilities marked byaward is a credit to our Board and the employees of the high quality, affordable water, responsive customerAuthority, reflecting their dedication that is being service, and attention to resource management andrecognized nationally, while placing our utility in select environmental protection,” says Pat Mulroy, AMWAcompany,” says Tony Rojas, Executive Director of the President. “The accomplishments of these exceptionallyMWA. “Our Board continues to provide us with the well-run public utilities should be a source of pride forsupport and resources we need to improve our the communities they serve.”operations, and our employees, through their efforts andhard work, make it possible for us to provide our The AMWA evaluation of the Macon Water Authority’scustomers with the quality services they deserve.” attributes included praise for the utility’s overall focus on being a truly progressive, proactive and community-The AMWA, in collaboration with the U.S. centered partner with residents and businesses. SpecificEnvironmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other examples of MWA performance reaching or exceedingwater industry professional associations, has identified the AMWA Gold standard included the utility’sdistinct, effective management practices necessary for community involvement, such as through landwater utilities to achieve long-term sustainability. As a donations, park creation, financial support for industryresult, this collaboration of industry professionals development, and environmental stewardship of localspearheaded by the AMWA has developed 10 attributes rivers.of Effectively Managed Utilities, as well as five Keys toManagement Success, which serve as the basis for In addition, the MWA was applauded for revamping itsGold Award recognition. These attributes not only focus Customer Care and Field Services departments, foron financial and operational goals of a utility, but they voluntarily developing a watershed protection plan, andconsider all significant aspects of water and wastewater for its proactive role in regional planning, both economicutility management. and environmental. Furthermore, AMWA officials noted the MWA’s proactive approach to asset management,The AMWA Gold Award is given only to those select including a full mapping of assets through a GIS focus,U.S. utilities that have shown a commitment and as well as the utility’s practices of valve exercising,dedication to sustainability, their local community, and manhole rehabilitation, and meter replacement. Finally,the environment, through effective utility management the AMWA leadership, through its Gold Awardaccording to the attributes and keys to utility designation, praised the MWA for its long-range watermanagement success as defined by the AMWA and its audit program, its strong financial stewardship andcollaborators. The industry organizations providing planning, as well as its annual financial support for thepanelists who scripted the utility management criteria Macon/Bibb County Industrial Authority.for Gold Award status included the: American PublicWorks Association, American Water Works Association,National Association of Clean Water Agencies, National Attributes Product QualityAssociation of Water Companies, and Water Customer SatisfactionEnvironment Federation, in addition to the AMWA and Employee/Leadership DevelopmentEPA. Operational Optimization Financial Viability Infrastructure Stability Operational Resiliency Community Sustainability 7 Water Resource Adequacy Stakeholder Understanding & Support
  8. 8. In Memoriam Frank C. Amerson, Jr., Macon Water Authority Member 1976-2012The Macon Water Authority (MWA) lost its political decisionlongtime leader of more than 35 years with the while serving onpassing of Chairman Frank C. Amerson, Jr. at the Board; he madethe age of 83, on Friday, September 14, 2012. strong business“We have lost not only our leader, but a close decisions instead.”friend and mentor to all of us who had thepleasure of working with him,” says Tony According to thoseRojas, MWA Executive Director. “He was a who worked withgiant in our industry, respected throughout the him and knew himstate of Georgia among water professionals, in best, Amerson’saddition to having been one of the most greatest passionsinfluential and progressive public officials in were manifested inMacon and Bibb County.” his leadership at the Macon Water Authority and in economicRojas notes that when Amerson joined the development for his community. In addition toAuthority Board more than 35 years ago, the serving as the Authority’s Chairman for moreutility was not the envy, financially, of other than 35 years, Amerson also served on thewater systems and local governments as it is Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority fromtoday. During his 35 years on the MWA 2002 until the time of his death. He served asBoard, Amerson helped to build not only the the Chairman of the Macon-Bibb CountyAuthority’s water and sewer system, but to Industrial Authority from 2005 to 2008, whileimprove its fiscal position, by making sound continuing to serve on the Board of the Maconbusiness decisions and recommendations Economic Development Commission. He alsobased on what was best for the Authority and served on the State Board of Industry andthe community. He had one of the purest Trade, which is now referred to as the GAagendas of any elected official in Macon or Department of Economic Development.Bibb County, says Rojas. MWA Board Member Frank Patterson notes“Mr. Amerson always tried to steer the Authority that Amerson was entirely committed to histo make business decisions, not political service as Chairman of the Water Authority,decisions,” added MWA Vice-Chairman Javors putting his “heart and soul” into his leadershipLucas, “He would say that he never made a post, but being careful not to micro-manage the utility and its more than 200 employees. “Whatever we needed to improve the Authority, its facilities or operations, for the betterment of our customers and employees, he provided,” says Rojas. “Mr. Amerson and the Board have always been supportive of employees and helping us advance in the profession.” Amerson’s business and construction experience also proved invaluable in his role as a leader in local economic development. 8
  9. 9. In Memoriam Frank C. Amerson, Jr., Macon Water Authority Member 1976-2012The MWA Chairman was instrumental infacilitating a change in the Authority’s Charterthat would allow for its annual appropriation of$704,000 into a revolving fund earmarked forland acquisition and infrastructure to createindustrial sites to attract business and industryto Macon and Bibb County. These efforts serveas yet another example of Amerson’s visionand progressive economic developmentphilosophy, adds Rojas.The MWA Chairman also was a visionary whoforesaw the need for the Authority to have anadequate and expandable independent watersupply and production capacity – manifested inthe construction of Javors Lucas Lake, a 5.9billion gallon reservoir that was completed in1994. Following the flood of ’94, which leftMacon without water service for 19 days due tothe flooding of the Riverside Water TreatmentPlant, Chairman Amerson spearheaded theeffort to secure federal and state funds for theconstruction of a new state-of-the-art watertreatment plant. The new water plant was builtnext to the reservoir and appropriately bearsChairman Amerson’s name.Frank Amerson was a lifetime member of theGeorgia Association of Water Professionals(GAWP), a rare honor given to those who haveprovided more than 30 years of service to theassociation and water industry. In 2009,Amerson received the Greater Macon Chamberof Commerce’s Economic DevelopmentLifetime Achievement Award, at which time theAuthority also received an EconomicDevelopment Champion Award. In January, healso was selected as the Chamber’s Citizen ofthe Year. As a tribute to his life-long service toMacon and Bibb County, his name adornsAmerson River Park, the site of the formerRiverside Water Plant that was donated by theAuthority to enhance the Ocmulgee HeritageTrail. The entrance to the I-75 Business Park,one of two industrial parks that he helped makepossible through his leadership at the MWA, 9also bears his name.
  10. 10. FINANCIAL ACTIVITYTotal Revenues = $45,880,278 2012 Revenues• Slight decrease in operating revenues vs. 2011• Water sales decreased approx. 3.5%• Sewer sales decreased approx. 1.4% Water Sales• 2011 water & sewer revenues were slightly higher due to drought conditions $340,130• Other operating revenues, which include various types of permits and fees decreased less than 1% $3,794,703• Non-Operating revenue decreased by approx. $117,000, the result of lower interest earnings Sewer Sales on investmentsTotal Expenses = $43,151,644 $22,694,775 Other• Operating expenses increased approx. $88,000 Operating vs. 2011 Income• Ambitious cost reduction budget in our two waste water reclamation plants• Ambitious cost reduction budget in the $19,050,670 maintenance department Non-Operating• Modest increases in the expenses of the Income distribution system and the Amerson Water Treatment plant2012 Expenses $3,944,883 Amerson Water Treatment Plant $3,449,106 $4,294,680 Water Distribution $304,990 $704,000 Sewer Treatment Plants Maintenance Sewer Services $5,065,757 $15,942,788 General & Administrative Depreciation on Assets $1,636,648 Macon Bibb County Industrial Authority City of Macon Interest & Fiscal Charges 10 $3,111,397 $9,155,491
  11. 11. HISTORICAL FINANCIAL ACTIVITY 2007-2012 Operating Revenues Operating Expenses$50,000,000 $50,000,000$40,000,000 $45,000,000$30,000,000$20,000,000 $40,000,000$10,000,000 $35,000,000 $- $30,000,000 $25,000,000 $20,000,000 $15,000,000 Other Operating Revenue $10,000,000 Sewer Revenue $5,000,000 Water Revenue $- 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 Interest & Fiscal Charges City of Macon Macon Bibb County Industrial Authority Depreciation on Assets General & Administrative Sewer Services Maintenance Sewer Treatment Plants Water Distribution 11 Amerson Water Treatment Plant
  12. 12. FINANCIAL POSITION DEBT COVERAGE RATIO The debt service coverage ratio is aAs of September 30, 2012 financial measure that gages the ability of an entity to pay principal and• $91.7 million in outstanding debt interest payments on its debt. • Industry target = 1.2 debt coverageThe majority of funds have been ratioused for renewal & replacement of • MWA board expectation = 1.7 debtwater and sewer infrastructure. coverage ratioDebt consists of a mix of fixed & • MWA nine year historical = 2.2 to 3.2variable rate bond issues and one debt coverage ratiofixed rate note. BOND RATINGS The MWA maintains a “AA” bond rating; a measure of solid financial stewardship by both the Board and Staff of the MWA. Balance Sheet 2012 2011 2010 2009 Total Assets $333,505,535 $343,477,389 $330,690,014 $316,828,131 Total Liabilities $105,446,297 $114,245,054 $104,166,664 $87,775,049 Total Net $228,059,238 $229,232,335 $226,523,350 $229,053,082 Assets Debt 2012 2011 2010 2009 Long Term $91,691,520 $99,777,155 $91,924,426 $79,004,149 Debt Debt Coverage 2.40 3.21 2.84 3.04 Ratio 12
  13. 13. DID YOU KNOW? What a Value Water is in Macon! Value for 3,000 gallons of use According to an independent, nationally ranked University Research Institute, the Macon Water Authority’s monthly charge for water and sewer use of 3,000 gallons was listed in the lowest 20% out of 342 water & sewer utility rate structures analyzed in the State of Georgia. Affordability of water rates measured by this same research institute for 3,000 gallons of water, listed Macon Water Authority rates as being in the lowest quartile out of 342 water and sewer utility rate structures analyzed in the State of Georgia. The affordability measure for Macon Water Authority was based on an annual household income of $26,528 per US Census Bureau data 2007-2011. Comparisons • Cell/Smart Phone: a monthly bill of $100 requires nearly 4.5% of annual household income • Cable: a monthly bill of $62 requires nearly 3.0% of annual household income • Internet service: a monthly bill of $52 requires nearly 2.4% of annual household income • 7,500 gallons of Macon Water & Sewer services requires 2.1% of annual household income Value for 7,500 gallons of useSYSTEM WATER SEWER TOTALCity of Atlanta - Outside $ 63.61 $ 139.88 $ 203.49City of Atlanta - Inside $ 55.12 $ 139.88 $ 195.00City of Fairburn - Outside $ 58.58 $ 71.18 $ 129.76Jackson County $ 58.90 $ 64.80 $ 123.70Coweta County $ 55.25 $ 50.88 $ 106.13Athens-Clarke County $ 63.31 $ 39.25 $ 102.56City of College Park $ 52.10 $ 49.06 $ 101.16Newton County $ 46.04 $ 54.08 $ 100.12Henry County $ 45.41 $ 45.41 $ 90.82City of Fairburn - Inside $ 40.73 $ 47.99 $ 88.72Douglasville-Douglas County $ 41.28 $ 47.19 $ 88.47Rockdale County $ 38.54 $ 45.38 $ 83.92Clayton County $ 38.56 $ 40.08 $ 78.64City of Augusta $ 29.97 $ 43.72 $ 73.69Fulton County $ 26.10 $ 46.50 $ 72.60City of Calhoun - Outside $ 31.99 $ 40.16 $ 72.15City of Savannah - Outside $ 20.03 $ 42.70 $ 62.73City of Tifton - Outside $ 21.07 $ 36.66 $ 57.73City of Calhoun - Inside $ 24.01 $ 31.01 $ 55.02Columbus Water Works $ 17.75 $ 29.01 $ 46.76MWA $ 25.40 $ 20.38 $ 45.78City of Savannah - Inside $ 13.35 $ 28.46 $ 41.81 13City of Tifton- Inside $ 14.40 $ 24.98 $ 39.38
  14. 14. DID YOU KNOW?The Authority operates Macon Soils, an Authority subsidiary that handles therecycling of biosolids. Biosolids are a byproduct of the wastewater treatmentprocess performed at the Authoritys wastewater reclamation facilities. Thesebiosolids are land applied to area farms for agricultural benefit. Macon Soils alsocontracts with another water utility in the State of Georgia to land apply theirbiosolids. Javors J. Lucas Lake • The Macon Water Authority’s Reservoir is named after your long serving Board Member Javors J. Lucas who has represented district 2 on the Authority for nearly 32 years! • Javors J. Lucas Lake holds nearly 6 Billion Gallons of Water! • When Javors J. Lucas Lake is at “full pool” the lake sits at 375 feet above sea level! • No need to Worry…..Javors J. Lucas Lake holds nearly 8 months worth of water supply! 14
  15. 15. Infrastructure Rehabilitation & Capacity PlanningThe Authority continues a proactive approach to rehabilitation and capacity planning forour customers. These are but two examples of the many capital investments made forthe future during 2012!Allen Rd II Pump StationThe Project consisted of furnishing all labor and materialsrequired to construct a new duplex (future-triplex) pumpstation including a 13’x16’ precast wetwell, 2-150 HPsubmersible pumps, valve vault, weir structure, meter vault,emergency generator, electrical, building, and telemetry.The project also includes approximately 4,200 L.F. of 24” I.D.force main utilizing the horizontal directional drill process.The project also includes modifications and necessary tie-insat the Rocky Creek WRF headwork’s structure.Investment: $5,189,129Sofkee water TankThe Project consisted of the installation of a new 500,000 gallon water tank with associatedpumps, piping, grading, foundations, landscape work, storm drainage, erosion control andconnections to existing water lines and existing storm sewer lines. This tank will serve theSofkee Park with water demand and fire protection.Investment: $ 1,410,220 Ever wonder what the inside looked like? 15
  16. 16. GOOD STEWARDS OF THE ENVIRONMENT WATER LOSS CONTROL PROGRAMIn late 2010, the Macon Water Authority (MWA) launched an Annual AWWA Water Audit andWater Loss Control Program (Program). This is one of the most comprehensive water lossdetection programs of its kind in the State of Georgia. The Program was laid out over fiveyears, with the following objectives. • Implement state-of-the-art practices for water loss accounting and control. • Improve water loss and audit reliability from year to year. • Connect departments to enhance the culture of efficiency.The foundation of the Program is the AWWA Water Audit, a guide for resource focus within theMWA system. Multiple initiatives were designed within the Program to achieve its objectives.The Program’s effectiveness is measured from the benchmark audit year of 2011. Presentedbelow is a summary of highlights among key initiatives in the Program as of the end of 2012.The Water Loss Control Team was formed at the beginning of 2011, andhas been meeting monthly to establish a rigorous water loss accountingprotocol and advance the initiatives in the Program.OVERALL IMPROVEMENTS• Reduction in Total Water Loss from 1,438 MG (2011) to 1,354 MG (2012)• Improvement in Audit Reliability Score from 68 (2011) to 77 (2012) 900 Overall Water Loss - Trailing 12 Months 800 700 600 Million Gallons 500 WATER LOSSES: WATER SUPPLIED: 400 AUTHORIZED CONSUMPTION: 300 200 100 -ACCOUNTS FIELD INVENTORY• MWA staff are approximately 25% complete with a comprehensive field inventory of the nearly 66,000 active and inactive accounts in the system.• The investigation is providing valuable ground-truthing of account data including confirmation of meter sizes, serial numbers, account status and a GPS location. This helps the authority ensure that all customer consumption is being accounted for and billed appropriately. 16
  17. 17. GOOD STEWARDS OF THE ENVIRONMENT WATER LOSS CONTROL PROGRAMFinished Water Meter Flow Verification • The reliability of the audit is highly dependent on having a rock- solid measurement of production volumes, which come from the finished water meters (FWMs) at the Amerson Water Treatment Plant • In 2012, MWA worked diligently, with several trials, to establish a reliable and repeatable accuracy test to confirm the production volumes. The test protocol that has been established can be used moving forward to maintain a high confidence in the audit.Large Meter Testing and Repair• A pilot testing and repair project has been completed for the large commercial meters in the MWA system• The pilot project gives valuables insight into what ongoing testing and repair activities are needed to manage meter-related revenue losses for the Authority.Radio-Read Meter Conversion for Non-ResidentialMeters • MWA updated over 1,100 commercial meters (2” and larger) to state of-the-art radio-read technology • This new technology allows the Authority to collect essential demand data to support many other operations such as hydraulic modeling, meter right-sizing, leakage management and customer service.LEAKAGE MANAGEMENT • In 2012, an analysis was performed to determine how to leverage existing water system data to proactively manage leakage. • MWA is currently building an internal Active Leak Detection Program, by studying what other established programs look like, and designing a program that will be effective for the MWA.COMMERCIAL METER RIGHT-SIZING ANALYSIS • In late 2012, an analysis began on a select group of commercial meters to determine if the meter in place was appropriately size for the application • Inappropriately sized meters do not register flow accurately and result in lost revenue for the Authority. • Flow data from the Radio-Read Meter Conversion project is being 17 utilized for analysis.
  18. 18. COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENTOcmulgee Alive! was created by MWAin 2005. This is an annual effort inpartnership with local community groupsand companies along with Georgia EPD’sRivers Alive program. Volunteers areorganized to help clean the OcmulgeeRiver so as to educate the public on theimportance of water quality since the riveris a source of MWA’s drinking water. TheMacon Water Authority (MWA) and itspartners hosted a record-breaking rivercleanup this year, as 355 volunteerscollected 710 bags of trash and 10,650pounds of debris, after cleaning 2 miles ofriver bank and nearby streams. Kids Fishing Derby! Each year the MWA sponsors a fishing derby at Lucas Lake for kids. Consider the numbers of the 2012 MWA Kids Fishing Derby and “record-setting” comes into focus. A registered 415 children and youth from ages 3 through 16 were accompanied by an adult, which meant estimated attendance eclipsed 800. The crowd of participants broke last year’s record of 300-plus kids and 600 total attendees. 18
  19. 19. AWARDS The MWA received a number of awards from both State and Federal Agencies in 2012 recognizing the utility as an exemplary operation. Exceptional product quality and Customer Service is only possible when you have strong Board Leadership and Support and Exceptional Employees!Left to Right: Gary McCoy & SylviaMcCrary accept the Georgia Association ofWater Professionals Lab of the Year Awardfrom Pam Burnett & Jack Dozier on behalfof the MWA Left to Right: Gary McCoy, Blaine Harrell, Kate Kubesheski, Tony Rojas, Michel Wanna & Kirk Nylund accept the Gold Award on behalf of the MWAOTHER AWARDS from the American Metropolitan Water Agencies• Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the 15th consecutive year from the Government Financial Officers Association of the United States & Canada• Large Water Treatment Plant of the Year Award from the Georgia Assoc. of Water Professionals• Peak Performance Award for Waste Water Reclamation from the National Assoc. of Clean Water Agencies• Platinum Award for Discharge Performance from the Georgia Assoc. of Water Professionals Left to Right: Chuck Mixon is presented the Operators Left to Right: Darryl Macey, Water Distribution & Sewer Meritorious Service Award from the Georgia Chapter of Conveyance Manager accepts the Georgia Association of the American Water Works Association by Tony Rojas. Water Professionals Gold Award for Best Sewer Collection This award is the equivalent of being selected as the Top System from Pam Burnett & Jack Dozier on behalf of the MWA Water Plant Operator in the state of Georgia. 19
  20. 20. Frank C. Amerson, Jr.Chairman Macon Water Authority1976 - 2012 20