Title 12, Chapter 5, Section 471
As used in this article, the term:
(1) "County" means any county created under the Constitution or
laws of this state.
(2) "Environmental services" means the provision, collectively or
individually, of water facilities or management services.
(3) "Lease" includes a lease or sublease and may, in the
discretion of the department, be in form and substance an estate
for years, usufruct, license, concession, or any other right or
privilege to use or occupy.
(4) "Lessee" includes lessee or sublessee, tenant, licensee,
concessionaire, or other person contracting for any estate for
years, usufruct, license, concession, or other right or privilege
referred to in paragraph (3) of this Code section.
(5) "Local government" or "local governing authority" means any
municipal corporation or county, any local water district, or any
state or local authority, board, or political subdivision created
by the General Assembly or pursuant to the Constitution and laws
of the state.
(6) "Management services" means technical, administrative,
instructional or informational services provided to any current or
potential recipient in, but not limited to, the areas of service
charge structure; accounting, capital improvements budgeting or
financing; financial reporting, treasury management, debt
structure or administration or related fields of financial
management; contract or grant administration; management of water
systems; and economic development administration or strategies.
Management services may be furnished either directly, on-site, or
through other written or oral means of communication and may
consist of reports, studies, presentations, or other analyses of a
written or oral nature.
(7) "May" means permission and not command.
(8) "Municipal corporation" or "municipality" means any city or
town in this state.
(9) "Obligation" means any bond, revenue bond, note, lease,
contract, evidence of indebtedness, debt, or other obligation of
the state or local governments which are authorized to be issued
under the Constitution or other laws of this state, including
(10) "Project" means and includes the acquisition of real property
for water reservoirs; the construction and reconstruction or
improvement of water reservoirs; the acquisition of real property
surrounding water reservoirs; the acquisition of real property for
mitigation of any alteration of environmental resources by the
construction of a water reservoir; and all necessary and usual
water facilities useful for obtaining one or more sources of water
supply, the treatment of water, and the distribution and sale of
water to users and consumers, including counties and
municipalities for the purpose of resale, inside and outside the
territorial boundaries of the users and consumers, and the
operation, maintenance, additions, improvements, and extensions of
such facilities so as to assure an adequate water utility system
deemed by the department to be necessary or convenient for the
efficient operation of such type of undertaking, all for the
essential public purpose of providing water facilities and
services to meet public health and environmental standards and to
aid the development of trade, commerce, industry, agriculture, and
(11) "Water facilities" means any projects, structures, and other
real or personal property acquired, rehabilitated, constructed, or
planned for the purposes of supplying, distributing, and treating
water and diverting, channeling, or controlling water flow and
head including, but not limited to, surface or ground water,
canals, reservoirs, channels, basins, dams, aqueducts, standpipes,
penstocks, conduits, pipelines, mains, pumping stations, water
distribution systems, compensating reservoirs, intake stations,
waterworks or sources of water supply, wells, purification or
filtration plants or other treatment plants and works,
connections, water meters, mechanical equipment, electric
generating equipment, rights of flowage or division, and other
plant structures, equipment, conveyances, real or personal
property or rights therein and appurtenances, furnishings,
accessories, and devices thereto necessary or useful and
convenient for the collection, conveyance, distribution, pumping,
treatment, storing, or disposing of water.