City Council Approves $950,000 Grant to Southface Institute

Plumbing Repair Program Will Continue to Provide Free Repairs to Qualifying Residents
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Southface’s CCPRP Care and Conserve Program Coordinator Gwen Smith speaks with <br> Ms. Vennie Davidson about the services available to her. Southface’s CCPRP Care and Conserve Program Coordinator Gwen Smith speaks with
Ms. Vennie Davidson about the services available to her.


ATLANTA, GA—October 11, 2019—Southface Institute has received an additional grant from the City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management’s Care and Conserve Plumbing and Repair Program (CCPRP), allowing the sustainability nonprofit to continue providing plumbing repairs to low- and moderate-income city residents over the next 18 months. CCPRP helps with residents’ plumbing problems and installs water-efficiency devices to lower bills and conserve water. The $950,000 grant comes from water and sewer revenue and is managed by the City’s Department of Watershed Management, who also awarded $1.2 million to Nehemiah Project Community Development for similar work.

“Partnering with the City of Atlanta to address water conservation through plumbing and sewer repairs is a unique way to help residents reduce their water bills and conserve water,” said Gwen Smith, Southface’s Care and Conserve Program Coordinator. “When repairs reduce water bills, it is easier for residents to keep up with those bills, maintain their homes and avoid being displaced. This program can help participants age in place, in a way that matters to them. The benefits ripple outward and get everyone thinking about the future of Atlanta’s water resources.”

The Care & Conserve Plumbing Repair Program

Since 2018, Southface’s Care and Conserve Plumbing Repair Program (CCPRP) has provided plumbing and sewer repair to low- to moderate-income family homeowners who are living in the City of Atlanta and are retail customers of the Department of Watershed Management. Types of repairs include leaky faucets, malfunctioning toilets, repair or replacement of water heaters, and damaged sewer lines. Even homeowners without plumbing problems are eligible for plumbing upgrades that reduce water consumption and lower water bills. A more complete list of repairs and upgrades is available online.

The program’s services have not yet begun, but in the meantime, qualifying residents can fill out forms and return them to Southface by fax at 404-872-5009 while waiting for the city to establish the start date of the service work. They will be contacted by Southface once the program’s services start up. Priority will be given to applications from seniors, veterans and disabled homeowners, as well as for emergency repairs.

Information about eligibility, forms and applications can be found at: To donate to the program, visit

About Southface Institute

Southface Institute, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, is a leader in sustainable advocacy, building, planning and operations across the U.S. With a mission to create a healthy and equitably built environment for all, Southface’s consulting services, workforce development, research and policy practices are supporting better homes, workplaces and communities. Experts in the fields of resource efficiency, building tech and organizational sustainability since 1978, Southface is committed to building a regenerative economy to meet tomorrow’s needs today.

For more information, please contact Emily Proctor, Senior Communications Manager, Southface Institute, at

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