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Public Education
Recognizing that one of the most effective ways to reach the public is through community involvement, Gwinnett County has a variety of information and education programs designed to encourage environmentally responsible behavior at home, school, and work.

Getting the information where it is most effective has been a truly cooperative effort by the Stormwater Management, the Environmental and Heritage Center, the Gwinnett Extension Service, the Department of Environmental Health, Collections and Distributions, Planning and Development, Parks and Recreation, Adopt-A-Stream, Gwinnett Schools and other State and Federal Agencies.

Water Workshops

The Department of Water Resources offers a number of workshops throughout the year to help conserve and protect our valuable water resources.  Topics range from detention pond maintenance and composting to fix-a-leak and water wise landscaping.

Be sure to join us for the last workshop of 2017.

November 9 - Cooking to Protect Water Quality Workshop

No one likes to hear that a sewer spill has happened – especially if it’s near a creek or stream.  But did you know that there is something you can do – in your home – to help reduce the instances of sewer spills?  At this workshop you will learn how everyday activities in the kitchen can impact surface water quality.  We’ll be talking specifically about one that we all have control over: FOG.  FOG stands for Fats, Oils, and Grease.  FOG is a major contributor to sewer overflows into surface waters, as well as backups into homes and businesses.  This workshop will cover strategies to protect your home and our environment at the same time.

Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm Location: Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, Conference Room C, Lawrenceville

Our 2018 Workshop Calendar is now available.  Click here to view.

The schedule shows both Water Conservation and Water Quality workshops. Water Conservation workshop attendees will receive a water conservation kit for indoor or outdoor fixtures.  By participating in one of our Water Quality workshops, attendees from unincorporated Gwinnett, city of Lilburn or city of Peachtree Corners may be eligible to receive a 5% credit on their Stormwater Utility Fee. (Click here for more information.)

Pre-Registration is recommended for DWR Workshops.  There are three simple ways to register.

  • Click here for online registration.  
  • Click here to send an email.  Please include your name, address and telephone number.
  • Call 678.376.7126.If you leave a message, please include your name, address and telephone number.

What to Know about "Flushables"

Gwinnett County sewerage system is designed to dispose of very specific things:  water, toilet paper and human waste. 

Many things you may think are “flushable” do not break down like toilet paper.  Using the toilet as a trashcan can result in clogged pipes, tangled pumps and messy sewer backups into creeks, streets, businesses and homes.

What not to flush:

  • Keys & Cell Phones (but we bet you knew that!)
  • Baby wipes and diapers
  • Facial cleansing cloths
  • Bathroom cleaning wipes
  • Rags and towels
  • Cotton swabs
  • Dental floss
  • Syringes
  • Candy and other food wrappers
  • Clothing labels
  • Cleaning sponges
  • Toys
  • Plastic items of any description
  • Aquarium gravel or kitty litter
  • Rubber items such as latex gloves
  • Cigarette butts
  • Sanitary napkins
  • Hair
  • Disposable underwear
  • Disposable toilet brushes


But the product is labeled 'Flushable.’

Some products labeled 'flushable' do not disperse or break apart once they are in our sanitary sewer system. As these non-dispersibles collect in the sewer pipe, they can eventually cause blockages that can lead to sanitary sewer backups or overflows. These backups are harmful to the environment and costly for homeowners and utilities. 

Learn More

Protecting your property:  Backups can happen not only in the county’s system, but your home’s plumbing as well.  Click here for more information.

Toilet paper vs. wipes:  Consumer Reports created a video showing how quickly toilet paper breaks apart.  Click here to watch.