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Macon Water Alliance Helps Those in Need

Sep 8, 2020 by Chris Wood, Ph.D.

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Thanks to a grant from the Macon Water Alliance, which has been matched by the Patricia Stewart Burgess Foundation, Rebuilding Macon will provide plumbing repairs for approximately 30 homes, locally.

Funding for Customer Hardships

As the MWA reinstated disconnections for unpaid bills on July 14, as well as reestablishing late fees and penalties during the July billing cycle, some customers may be facing financial hardship and having trouble keeping their water/sewer bills paid.

That’s one of the many reasons the Authority established its non-profit Macon Water Alliance, which offers assistance to customers in need as a part of its mission.

The Macon Water Alliance Water Assistance Programs are funded from several sources. First, customers can ‘Round Up” their bill to donate that money to a fund used to help fellow customers with their water/sewer bill payments. MWA customers and employees can make one-time or continual donations to this fund as well, which also receives proceeds from the annual Kids Fishing Derby, which was held in March. The Alliance’s Water Assistance Program is administered by DFCS.

During its July Meeting, the Macon Water Alliance approved $5,000 to supplement a previous appropriation of $1,500 for DFCS to use to help approved hardship cases. So those MWA customers facing financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic now have hope and additional help to pay their monthly bill.

Grant to Assist Rebuilding Macon

In addition to appropriating an additional $5,000 to help MWA customer hardship cases with their utility bill payments, the Macon Water Alliance Board received news at its July Meeting from Rebuilding Macon that it had received a Challenge Grant from the Patricia Stewart Burgess Foundation of Macon.

With the Macon Water Alliance providing a $10,000 annual grant for three consecutive years on the condition that Rebuilding Macon could garner a matching grant, the Patricia Stewart Burgess Foundation has agreed to contribute this amount as well, bringing the three-year grant total from both non-profits to $60,000.

Over the course of the next three years, these grants collectively will allow Rebuilding Macon to provide plumbing repairs for approximately 30 homes, locally.

Media contact:
Chris Wood, Ph.D.
P: 770-757-1681
E: chris@jwapr.com or john.wood@gcsu.edu

MWA Contact:
Lisa Golphin, Sr. Executive of Strategic Planning
P: 478-464-5623 or 478-227-1981
E: lgolphin@maconwater.org

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