2019 GLAC

Awards and Recognition

The Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority (CCWSA) received several awards from the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP). The Etowah Water Treatment Plant received Best Operated Water Plant of the year – Surface Water  15 MGD to 49.99 MGD, the Rose Creek Water Pollution Control Facility received Water Reclamation Facility of the year award- Advanced treatment 6.0 MGD – 9.9 MGD and the Riverbend Complex received  Water Reclamation Facility of the year award – Advanced treatment 1 MGD or less. The Etowah Water Treatment Plant received a Platinum Award for complete and consistent Safe Drinking Water Act permit compliance for the 4th year in a row. Two of the wastewater plants Rose Creek and Fitzgerald Creek received Platinum awards for complete and consistent National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit compliance for the 9th year in a row. The newest wastewater plant Riverbend Complex received a Gold Award for complete and consistent NPDES permit compliance for 2018.


Pictured: Back row: L to R – Eric Wilmarth, Lisa Woodruff, Robert Morrison, Mike Byrd, Doug Dabbs. Front row: Mike Venters, Tyler West, Pam Barnett (Executive Director GAWP), Jamie Veley, Clint Blackwell, Gary Winchester.

CCWSA is proud to announce the winners of the Drinking Water Week coloring contest. Students from all over Cherokee County (homeschool, Ballground ES, Clayton ES, R.M. Moore ES, Oak Grove ES, Free Home ES, Little River ES, Holly Springs ES and Arnold Mill ES) submitted over 750 entries, which made it difficult to choose the best entry from each grade. Winners received a $10 ice cream gift card.

Kindergarten winner
Clara Sloan Bujeker

1st grade winner
Michael Jo Prose
Ballground ES

2nd grade winner
Jianelly Bermudez
Oak Grove ES

3rd grade winner
Campbell Haskett
Arnold Mill ES

Drinking Water Week 2019

Water community invites consumers to ‘Protect the Source’ during Drinking Water Week

Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority (CCWSA) kicks off Drinking Water Week Sunday May 5th with an invitation to “Protect the Source” throughout the Etowah River Watershed.
CCWSA, the American Water Works Association and the water community across North America will celebrate Drinking Water Week by recognizing the vital role drinking water plays in daily lives. Focus will be placed on ways in which water consumers can take personal responsibility in caring for their tap water and protecting it at its source.
“Drinking Water Week is a special opportunity to shine a light on all of the ways we can protect our water source and ensure it is there for future generations,” said AWWA Chief Executive Officer David LaFrance. “When we, as consumers and community stewards, learn about and gain an appreciation for our drinking water sources, it becomes easy to understand the importance of protecting them.”
To commemorate the week, water utilities, water organizations, government entities, environmental advocates, schools and other stakeholders will celebrate the importance of drinking water through presentations, events and festivals to provide information on how consumers can understand and appreciate their water.

CCWSA Community Events:

CCWSA Drinking Water Week Kids coloring contest -Eligible kids are currently in Kindergarten through 3rd grade. Coloring Sheets can be downloaded from here or picked up at the CCWSA main office and R.T. Jones Library (display in children’s area). Entries must have the kids name, grade, and parent/guardian contact information on the back.  All entries must be turned in at the CCWSA main office or at the library Drinking Water Week Display by May 19th. One lucky winner will get a $10 ice cream gift card!  Click here for the coloring contest sheet

Display at R.T.Jones Library – A Drinking Water Week display will be in the children’s area from May 5th through the 12th. Go by and check it out. Coloring contest sheets can be picked up and dropped off at the display table.

Water/Wastewater Process Enviroscape presentations –  Presentations will be at the CCWSA main office conference from off the main lobby on May 6th, 8th and 10th @ 11 am and 3 pm. Contact Lori Forrester at 770-479-1813 Ext. 246 or lori.forrester@ccwsa.com to sign-up. Space is limited. Click here for the Enviroscape presentation flyer


Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority encourages getting to know local H20 during Drinking Water Week.

As Drinking Water Week continues, the CCWSA joins the American Water Works Association and water professionals across North America in encouraging water consumers to get to know their local H2O.

Finding information about local water is simple. As required by the Safe Drinking Water Act, water utilities must provide customers with an annual water quality report, also called a Consumer Confidence Report (CCR). A CCR identifies the quality of local drinking water and if any contaminants are detected and if so, which ones. Also available in the report is information on a community’s local source for drinking water. The water source for Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority is the Etowah River. CCWSA’s Source Water Assessment and 2018 CCR can be found on the website under the OUR WATER tab. Additionally, information on local source water is available through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “How’s My Waterway?”. 

“Drinking Water Week highlights a vital piece of our daily lives,” said AWWA Chief Executive Officer David LaFrance. “Whether your drinking water source is an aquifer, stream, lake or reservoir, we hope everyone uses Drinking Water Week as an opportunity to learn about and gain an appreciation for their drinking water source.” More information about local water sources is available on DrinkTap.org.

About Drinking Water Week
For more than 40 years, AWWA and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week, a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join together in recognizing the vital role water plays in daily lives.

For more than 40 years, AWWA and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week, a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join together in recognizing the vital role water plays in daily lives.

Fix A Leak Week

Simple Steps to Big Savings

Drip. Drip. Drip. The average American household wastes more than 10,000 gallons each year from easy-to-fix water leaks—that’s the amount of water needed to wash 270 loads of laundry. If that doesn’t seem like a lot, consider that across the country, easy-to-fix household leaks can add up to nearly 1 trillion gallons of water lost every year.


That’s why the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is encouraging homeowners to find and fix leaks during the annual Fix a Leak Week, March 18th through 24th, 2019. Sponsored by EPA’s WaterSense® program, Fix a Leak Week reminds homeowners of the easy steps they can take to help save water in their community now and for future generations.


Fixing household leaks not only saves water but reduces water utility bills—by about 10 percent. Be for water and start saving today with three simple steps: Check. Twist. Replace.


  1. Check

First, check your home for leaks. An easy way to start is to examine your winter water use. If it exceeds 12,000 gallons per month for a family of four, you probably have leaks. Walk around your home with eyes and ears open to find leaks, and don’t forget to check pipes and outdoor spigots. You can also detect silent toilet leaks, a common water-wasting culprit, by adding a few drops of food coloring to the toilet tank and waiting 10 minutes before flushing. If any color appears in the bowl during that time, your toilet has a leak. Visit www.epa.gov/watersense for do-it-yourself repair tips or contact a plumbing professional.


  1. Twist

Apply pipe tape to be sure plumbing fixture connections are sealed tight and give leaking faucets and showerheads a firm twist with a wrench. If you can’t stop those drops yourself, contact your favorite plumbing professional. For additional savings, twist a WaterSense labeled aerator onto each bathroom faucet to save water without noticing a difference in flow. Faucet aerators cost a few dollars or less and can save a household more than 500 gallons each year—the amount of water it takes to shower 180 times!


  1. Replace

If you just can’t nip that drip, it may be time to replace the fixture. Look for WaterSense labeled models, which use at least 20 percent less water and are independently certified to perform as well or better than standard plumbing fixtures. Replacing an old, inefficient showerhead with a WaterSense labeled model will shrink your household’s water footprint by 2,700 gallons annually while still letting you shower with power, thanks to EPA’s efficiency and performance criteria. With less hot water passing through, WaterSense labeled showerheads can also save enough energy to power a television for a year.


Because we want to ensure water supplies last for future generations, Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority is showing that we’re for water by supporting Fix a Leak Week.



Further celebrate Fix a Leak Week by participating in the Metro Water District’s 6th Annual Water Drop Dash, a 5K race and family Water Festival Saturday, March 23, 2019. This event caps off Fix a Leak Week and takes place at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell. The course is fast and flat along the banks of the beautiful Chattahoochee River. The family Water Festival follows with a children’s fun run with mascots, prizes, activities, games, crafts and sponsors’ booths.  Race participants will receive a t-shirt and enjoy free admission to the Chattahoochee Nature Center all day on race day.  CCWSA representative Jennifer Arp will be at this event with water conservation give-aways.


For more information or to register for the race visit https://waterdropdash.com/race-information/



Want to do more? Join thousands of your neighbors by supporting the We’re for Water campaign, organized by WaterSense. Visit www.epa.gov/watersense and take the I’m for Water pledge or “like” WaterSense on Facebook to share why you’re for water and learn more water-saving tips: www.facebook.com/EPAwatersense.

For more information and tips about how to save water during Fix a Leak Week, visit http://www.epa.gov/watersense.