Hall County is now officially a "WaterFirst" community, prioritizing the preservation and upkeep of its precious water resources. This move not only benefits the community from a health standpoint, but also a financial one.
This designation allow Hall County to get a 1-percent interest reduction on loans from the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA). Hall County also receives a statewide recognition of environmental stewardship, eligibility for water-related project applications to the Community Development Block Grant Program through the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and priority status in the 319 Grant Program through the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
WaterFirst communities can apply for re-certification every five years.