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Financial Posture

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Cobb Water System is the first AAA-rated county water/sewer utility in the country graded the best-managed county water/sewer utility in the nation by Wall Street’s top bond rating agencies (Fitch IBCA, Moody’s Investors Services and Standard & Poors). According to Moody’s Investors Services, Cobb Water System shows “strong historical financial performance and a comprehensive capital plan.” Out of 3,049 counties nationwide, the Cobb Water System is the only county water system to have achieved this rating which is a strong indicator of the overall strength of a utility. It also means lower interest rates on borrowed funds. In a July 2000 "Special Comment" entitled Water and Sewer Revenue Bonds: Anatomy of a Rare Unenhanced Aaa - Rating, Moody's focuses on key attributes about Cobb County which resulted in such an exceptional financial position.


Why are we rated the best? Our policies and practices are based on sound business decisions. In place are a 20-Year Financial Planning Model and a five-year Capital Improvement Program, to meet the needs of current and future customers. These are the keys to forecasting future needs and implementing required improvements. Annual updates keep us aware of economic trends and operational requirements. As a result, our water and sewer rates are among the lowest in the 10-county metro Atlanta region.