CCWSA Student Contests

CCWSA is conducting two student contests.

 1) Student photography contest in which the student takes a photograph that depicts “Water in its various forms”. The contest is open to all Cherokee County students K-8 (including home school students). Click here for more information.

2) Student company slogan contest. The Slogan Contest focuses on what CCWSA does as a company. The contest is open to all Cherokee County students 9-12 (including home school students). Click here for more information.

Rivers Alive Clean Up 2017

The Rivers Alive clean-ups were a huge success involving a total of 150 volunteers putting in 500 volunteer hours to remove 3 tons of trash from an 11 miles area!

Trash was removed from the surrounding land and the waterways. The most commonly found item was beverage containers (plastic and glass bottles and cans). The most unusual item found was a smoker. Thank You to all the citizens who came out to help. 

River Clean Up

Millions of tons of trash are left along our nation’s rivers and streams every year.  Roadside litter also makes it’s way into our waterways through storm drain systems.  All this trash takes away from the beauty and safety of our waterways.   That’s why CCWSA’s Annual River Clean Up is so important.  Join us in giving back to the community by helping clean up in and around our rivers in Cherokee County.  Fall is a great time to get outdoors and enjoy the beauty and wildlife as well as make a difference.   Bring the family or grab a friend and see how pristine we can make our rivers.  There are 2 work days to choose from or feel free to join us both days.  We sure could use the help!

Etowah River Clean Up – October 7, 2017

Little River Clean Up – October 14, 2017


Awards and Recognition

Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority recognized by the Georgia Association of Water Professionals for their facilities, operator, and quality drinking water.

Pictured left to right – Pam Burnett (GAWP Executive Director), Ron Krnyaich (CCWSA operator), Mike Venters (CCWSA wastewater plant manager), Clint Blackwell (CCWSA Water Plant Manager), Mike Byrd (CCWSA Board of Directors Chairman).

Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority (CCWSA) was honored with multiple awards from the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP) at its Spring Conference. Pam Burnett, GAWP Executive Director, attended the CCWSA April Board Meeting to present the awards in front of the CCWSA Board members and staff. The Rose Creek Water Reclamation Facility received the Water Reclamation Facility of the Year Award and a Platinum Award. The Platinum Award recognizes National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit 100% compliance. The Fitzgerald Creek Reclamation Facility also received a Platinum Award. The Etowah River Water Treatment Plant received the Best Operated Water Plant of the Year Award and a Platinum Award. The water produced at the Etowah River Treatment Plant won the Georgia Water Taste Test for GAWP District 1. CCWSA’s Ron Krnyaich won Top Operator of the Year for the GAWP District 1. “CCWSA provides outstanding water services to this community, and sets the bar high for other Georgia water systems who strive to accomplish this level of award-winning recognition.”  Pam Burnett, GAWP Executive Director. “It has been an impressive year for CCWSA, two plant-of-the-year awards, operator of the year, best tasting tap water, and Platinum awards all around” Lori Forrester, CCWSA Public Information Specialist. May 1 is “Water Professionals Appreciation Day” in Georgia. We ask the community to personally thank the employees of CCWSA for protecting the health of the community each and every day.


Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority encourages ‘getting to know and love’ tap water during Drinking Water Week (May 7th – 13th).

Cherokee County, GA – Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority (CCWSA), the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and water professionals across North America are kicking off Drinking Water Week today with the theme “Your Water – To Know It Is To Love It”.

AWWA and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week for more than 35 years. CCWSA, AWWA and the water community will celebrate Drinking Water Week by recognizing the vital role 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 water infrastructure at home and in the community.

To commemorate the week, water utilities, government entities, environmental advocates, schools and other stakeholders will celebrate drinking water through public presentations, staff events and community festivals and provide information on how water 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 13th. 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 6th through the 14th. 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 8th @ 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm. Contact Lori Forrester at 770-479-1813 Ext. 246 or to sign-up. Space is limited. Click here for the Enviroscape presentation flyer

“This year’s Drinking Water Week will motivate water consumers to be actively aware of how they personally connect with water,” said AWWA Chief Executive Officer David LaFrance. “We should all know how to find and fix leaks, care for our home’s pipes and support our utility’s investment in water infrastructure.”

The Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority joins the American Water Works Association and water professionals across North America in encouraging homeowners to check and fix leaks inside and outside the home. Consumers are encouraged to quickly and efficiently fix leaks in and around their homes to prevent water waste. To test for leaks inside, customers should shut off everything connected to water and inspect the home’s flow indicator on the water meter. If the indicator continues to move, even with everything off, there’s a leak somewhere in the home. To check for a leaky toilet, customers can place a few drops of food coloring in the holding tank and wait five minutes without flushing. There’s a leak if coloring appears in the bowl. Dye tablets to check for leaks in a toilet are available free of charge at the CCWSA main office upon request. Also, customers should check all faucets and under the sinks for dripping. To check for leaks outside, customers should inspect the lawn for wet spots or pools of water around spray heads. Brown or muddy spots would also indicate there is a leak in the irrigation system. “We are each personally responsible to conserve water in and around our home,” said AWWA Chief Executive Officer David LaFrance. “Checking for and fixing leaks is an easy way to do our part in preventing water waste.

The Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority joins the American Water Works Association and water professionals across North America in encouraging householders to care for their homes’ pipes. Many things can unnecessarily clog a home’s plumbing system, including “flushable” wipes, and fats, oils and grease. Each year, these clog pipes, back up systems and harm the environment when they aren’t disposed of properly. Specifically, flushable wipes, facial tissue, paper towels and medications should be thrown away in the trash and should not be flushed down the toilet. Also, fats, oil and grease should not be dumped down the drain. Instead, they should also be thrown away in the trash. “Caring for our pipes should be considered maintenance around the home and not just thought of when something goes wrong with them,” said AWWA Chief Executive Officer David LaFrance. “We have to do our part not to clog up our already precarious water and wastewater systems.”

The CCWSA joins the American Water Works Association and water professionals across North America in encouraging households to identify and replace lead-based water pipes and plumbing. Lead presents health concerns for people of all ages, particularly pregnant women, infants and young children. In children, low exposure levels have been linked to learning disabilities, behavioral problems and other issues. Water leaving treatment plants and traveling through water mains is almost always lead-free. All the CCWSA drinking water leaves the water treatment plant and travels through lead-free water mains. However, lead is sometimes present in pipes connecting older homes to the water system or in fixtures and home plumbing. A licensed plumber can help to identify lead service lines and other materials such as lead fittings and solder. Households can find out more about their water quality by having it tested by a certified laboratory. Information on other sources of lead contamination in homes is available from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “Water utilities can adjust water chemistry to minimize the possibility of lead dissolving into tap water, but communities and households also play an important role in keeping drinking water safe,” said AWWA Chief Executive Officer David LaFrance. “Together, let’s get the lead out.”

The Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority joins American Water Works Association and water professionals across North America are advocating for investment in the repair and replacement of local water infrastructure. It’s critical that water infrastructure is maintained properly given that public health, economic vitality, fire protection and quality of life rely on it. However, much of the water infrastructure in North America needs to be repaired and replaced because of the length of time water pipes have been underground, some have been buried for 75 to 100 years. Per an AWWA report, repairing and replacing drinking water infrastructure will cost at least $1 trillion over the next 25 years. The potential costs of infrastructure replacement surpass what many water utilities can pay, which means utilities must work together with rate-payers, government officials and other stakeholders to invest in water systems. “Water infrastructure is crucial to our daily lives and to sustain our future generations,” said AWWA Chief Executive Officer David LaFrance. “It’s essential that our local water utility and government work in harmony with customers to cover the cost of repairing and replacing our water infrastructure.”