Model Water Tower Competition

Lori Forrester, Left, with 1st place winners Marissa Migneco, Ixchel Avila, Isabella Postel and Cara Holland and teacher Kara Reeder.

Mason Mancini, Miguel Santiago, Grant Hodges and Billy Pron wait to test their water tower.

“FROM TODAY’S YOUTH COME TOMORROW’S LEADERS – LET’S LEAD SOME TO THE WATER PROFESSION!” This is the mission statement of the planning committee for GAWP’s Model Water Tower Competition. This annual competition was hosted in Cherokee County for the first time on October 26, 2018 at E.T. Booth Middle School. This STEM activity focuses on students learning complex concepts such as hydraulic and structural efficiency while thinking green and using recycled materials. Kara Reeder, a 7th grade science teacher, was instrumental in the coordination of school resources and personal as well as the guidance of her students through the building process. The 96 students that participated in the competition had a total of ten weeks to plan, design, and build their water towers. Assisting in this endeavor was Engineer Carlton Sherrer of Freese and Nichols, who assisted with the various phases. The competition was almost entirely staffed by CCWSA employees all tasked with a different judging activity. Some stations included hydraulics, materials, dimensions, and subjective judging. While the students were waiting for their tower to be judged they had the opportunity to learn about water meters from Shane Fowler and compete against one another to put a meter together. This event would not have been possible without the help of our dedicated staff, E.T. Booth staff, Freese and Nichols, Hayes Pipe Supply Inc., Landmark, Bermex, Caldwell, and Cedar Chem. We are looking forward to this competition being a part of our educational programs for the coming years.

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!

Little River Clean Up – October 13, 2018

Etowah River Clean Up – October 20, 2018


Awards and Recognition


2018 Best Tasting Tap Water in District 1

The Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP) and Georgia Section American Water Works Association (AWWA) awarded Cherokee County Water & Sewerage Authority (CCWSA) for the “Best Tasting Tap Water in District I”.





2018 Platinum Award

The Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP) presented The Etowah River Water Treatment Plant with a Platinum Award in recognition of complete and consistent SDWA permit compliance during the calendar year of 2017

The Platinum Award recognizes National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit 100% compliance.

Congratulations to the Etowah River Water Treatment Plant Staff for achieving this award.


Drinking Water Week 2018

CCWSA’s drinking water won the District 1 Georgia Association of Water Professionals 2018 Bests of the Best Tap Water Taste Test!


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 information about water week click the link – Drinking Water Week 2018

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 5th through the 13th. 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 10th @ 11 am 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



Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority (CCWSA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 CCWSA student contests. Carly Timbol, 2nd grade student from Johnston Elementary School, is the winner in the K – 4th grade category for the photography contest with her photograph titled “Sassy Snowman.” Elysium Virnich Guillen, 6th grade student from Freedom Middle School, is the winner in the 5th – 8th grade category for the photography contest with her photograph titled “Under the Bridge”. The photographs beautifully depicted “Water in its various forms.” The students received a framed copy of their winning photograph and a check for fifty dollars. The photographs are displayed at the CCWSA main office, Environmental Affairs office, Rose Creek Water Reclamation Facility (WRF), Fitzgerald Creek WRF, Etowah River Water Treatment Facility, and H. Q. Lathem Reservoir.


Lori Forrester and Carly Timbol at Johnston Elementary School

Lori Forrester and Elysium Virnich at Freedom Middle School.

Carly Timbol’s photograph “Sassy Snowman”

Elysium Virnich’s photograph “Under the Bridge”





















Isabelle Wright, 12th grade student from Woodstock High School, won the company slogan contest. The winning slogan – “Cherokee’s safe and sustainable water begins here!” She received a check for fifty dollars for the creative slogan.

Isabelle Wright at Woodstock High School.


Thank you to all the students who participated in the photography contest!