The Douglasville-Douglas County Water and Sewer Authority (“the Authority” or “WSA”) was created as an independent agency by the Georgia Legislature in 1985 by the purchase of the water and sanitary sewer services from both the City of Douglasville and the County. As such, it is not part of the City or County governments and, therefore, is not supported by tax dollars. WSA’s operating funds come from customer payments for the provision of drinking water, wastewater removal, and stormwater management services. Operation of the newly created Authority began on December 27, 1985.
WSA policies are set by a Board of Directors composed of seven members. Five of the Board members are interested, local residents appointed alternately by the City Council and Mayor of the City of Douglasville and the Douglas County Board of Commissioners and Commission Chairman to serve five-year staggered terms. The Mayor of the City of Douglasville and the Chairman of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners both serve as ex-officio voting members of the Authority. The Board appoints the Executive Director who serves by contract.
In 2002, the Douglas BluePrint Steering Committee, a cross-section study group of business, civic, and community leaders sponsored by the Douglas County Chamber of Commerce to look at what could be done to make the quality of life in Douglas County better, made a recommendation about stormwater management. Included in their many recommendations, was their thought that water is water, whether it’s our drinking water, our wastewater, or our stormwater runoff, and it was their recommendation that WSA take over stormwater management for both the City of Douglasville and Douglas County. An Intergovernmental Agreement was eventually signed with the City in 2003 making WSA responsible for the City’s stormwater management, and in 2004, an agreement was signed with the County.