2020 Census Information
The 2020 Census is rapidly approaching, and everyone needs to be aware of this very important event. The U.S. Constitution mandates that everyone in the country be counted every 10 years.
How is Census information used?
Every 10 years, the results of the Census, which was first conducted in 1790, are used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state gets. State officials also redraw boundaries of the congressional and state legislative districts in their states to account for population shifts.
Additionally, the distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on census data for things like schools, hospitals, roads, public works, and other vital programs. Learn more by clicking here.
- March 12-20 – Homes will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail.
- March 30-April 1 – The Census Bureau will count people who are experiencing homelessness over these days.
- April 1 – Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. When you respond to the census, you’ll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.
- April – Census takers will visit Census takers will begin visiting college students who live on campus, people living in senior centers, and others who live among large groups of people. Census takers also begin conducting quality check interviews to help ensure an accurate count.
- May-July – Census takers will begin visiting homes that haven’t responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.
- December – The Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.
For complete information about the 2020 Census, visit 2020census.gov.
Cumming Utilities Needs Help
Cumming Utilities is asking the public to help in collecting water samples from homes built between 1982 and 1988 in order to comply with new federal requirements. Homeowners of houses built during this time period are asked to take part in the voluntary testing, in which Cumming Utilities will provide sample bottles for collection of cold-water samples after the water has been standing in the home plumbing for at least 6 hours. This may be done first thing in the morning or immediately after returning home from work before any water is used at the home. These samples will initially be taken once every 6 months and less frequently thereafter.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed regulations which require all water systems in the U.S. to sample certain homes for the presence of lead and copper. These samples can only be taken from homes built after 1982 and before June of 1988. The EPA targeted these homes because lead solder used in the joints of copper pipes may have the tendency to leach lead into the water. This leaching problem normally occurs in water standing in pipes for more than 6 hours or in water systems that do not provide for corrosion control. The City of Cumming Water System began corrosion control in their systems in 1988.
Please click here for complete information about the testing process, including the participation form if you would like to volunteer to take part.