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Many employers allow misinformation and preconceptions to pose obstacles to hiring. They worry that employees will not be able to keep up with the pace of work, or that their customers will disapprove. Yet the opposite is true. Georgia employers have experienced the benefits of hard-working workers who can outperform their non-disabled peers. Publix, Walgreens, Home Depot, the Georgia Aquarium, PF Changs, Kroger and Hamilton Health Care in Dalton can testify to the strengths of these workers. Lower turnover, lower absenteeism rates, strong job loyalty, increased employee morale and enhanced corporate image are just a few of the benefits that accrue when employers hire people with disabilities. <br>visit

As Cities Move to Privatize Water, Atlanta Steps Back

Complaints about unpredictable or inflated bills intensified soon after the expensive changeover, even generating coverage on CNN and other major media outlets. Bill Lucas, a businessman who became a self-styled citizens advocate on water issues while living in Buckhead, said the meter audit focused on the wrong thing. The root problem is in the hand-off of data between the meter, the wireless detection devices and the citys billing software, he said. Ive maintained the position all along that the meters themselves were always somewhat an excuse, said Lucas, who now lives in Vinings. The meters werent the issue. <br>visit

Watered-down Flint River bill clears Georgia House

While overall usage was declining, the big reductions seen from 2007 to 2009 were largely due to emergency drought restrictions, a severe economic recession and wet weather in 2009, according to the districts analysis. Yeah, the numbers look good but I think that I would say that you cant look at that decline and simply say it was the result of proactive management or some sort of willing, interested conservation, said Chris Manganiello, the policy director at the Georgia River Network. He said emergency drought restrictions and an economic downturn almost certainly helped bring down water use. Usage may be down, but those living south of Atlanta do not consider the larger problem solved. <br>visit

Atlanta audit: 10,000 water meters faulty

Atlanta is now retaking control of a system that United Water was to have managed until 2019. ''This city had a motto for years, and it went something like 'Atlanta grows where water goes,' '' said Jack Ravan, the city's commissioner of watershed management. ''I think we've learned enough to know that we'd prefer to see the city in charge of that destiny.'' The decision, in many ways, takes Atlanta back to square one. It will have a publicly controlled system that, on paper at least, will be more costly to ratepayers than the one it replaces. The arrangement offers no clear way to pay for extensive water-system repairs, estimated to cost $800 million over the next five years. (A separate bill to upgrade the city's sewers could exceed $3 billion.) But Atlanta officials, along with customers like Gordon Certain, the head of a local neighborhood association, say almost any change seems preferable to existing service they call poor, unresponsive and fraught with breakdowns, including an epidemic of water-main breaks and occasional ''boil only'' alerts caused by brown water pouring from city taps. ''Is it possible to have private water work right?'' Mr. Certain asked. ''I'm sure it is. <br>visit

Less water use in Atlanta, as water war with Florida continues

The legislation, which won approval in the state House of Representatives 164-3, would set the stage for the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) to pump water stored in underground aquifers into streams along the lower Flint River in times of drought using a process called augmentation. It would allow the EPD director to prohibit irrigation permit holders downstream from the augmentation project from tapping into that water, legal authority supporters say the agency needs to protect the state from being sued for failing to protect endangered mussels. The original version of the bill the state Senate passed last year prompted an outcry from environmental groups that it could be used to send massive quantities of water down the Flint River into Florida, a swap that would let metro Atlanta keep enough water in Lake Lanier to supply the metro region for years to come, increasing Georgias leverage in the tri-state water wars. Gov. Nathan Deal got behind the bill, as did the Georgia Agribusiness Council and Georgia Farm Bureau. But enough members of the House objected to such sweeping legislation that supporters were forced to narrow the bill to get it through the lower chamber. <br>visit

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