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Stormdrain Marking Event

Join us and City of Holly Springs in a Earth day stormdrain marking event in Harmony on the Lakes.

When:   July 22, 2022

Where: Clubhouse in Harmony on the Lakes
               297 Harmony Lake Dr.
               Canton, GA 30115
Time:     10:00am – 12:00pm

We will be marking drains around the neighborhood.
Wear your older clothes and shoes because we will be cleaning and painting stormdrain covers.

Thank you to everyone who came out to participate in the storm drain marking event on April 29th. We marked an additional 45 storm drains. Join us for our next event.


Thank you to everyone who came out to visit during our drinking water week community events. We had the pleasure to interact with 80 people at Woodstock Library, Hickory Flat Library and Barrell House Coffee.


Thank you to all the students who participated in the Drinking Water Week coloring contest. We received an astounding 1100 entries! We chose a winner for each grade.
Congratulations to the Drinking Water Week coloring contest winners!
The winners received a $10 ice cream gift card

K winner - Carter Blackwell

Carter Blackwell
Kindergarten – Freehome Elementary School

Addison - 1st

Addison Garrison
1st Grade – Bascomb Elementary School

Emma - 2nd

Emma Negrete
2nd Grade – Clayton Elementary School

Ira - 3rd

Ira Mosley
3rd Grade – Clark Creek Elementary School

About Drinking Water Week
For several decades, American Water Works Association (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.

Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority (CCWSA) and partners throughout North America today kicked off Drinking Water Week, by showcasing the different ways tap water is “There When You Need It.”
Drinking Water Week is May 1-7 this year. CCWSA is observing Drinking Water Week by recognizing the vital role tap water plays in daily life, the infrastructure that is required to carry it to and from homes and businesses, and the critical work that water professionals accomplish around the clock to ensure the delivery of quality tap water. “Tap water plays an integral role in meeting our daily health, hygiene and hydration needs,” said American Water Works Association CEO David LaFrance. “Water sector professionals, the infrastructure they work to design, create and maintain and the treatment process all work in harmony to ensure safe tap water is ‘There When You Need It.’”
Drinking Water Week provides consumers an opportunity to learn about the critical infrastructure that transports water from collection to treatment to consumption to ensure drinking water is “There When You Need It”.
CCWSA and partners throughout North America are celebrating Drinking Water Week to recognize the vital role tap water plays in daily life, the infrastructure that is necessary to transport it from source to tap, and the important and often overlooked work of water professionals. With the recent passage of the U.S. Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, renewing and upgrading water infrastructure is a priority, demonstrating the vital role it plays in protecting public health. “Renewing and upgrading the nation’s water infrastructure is critical to protect public health, safeguard the environment and allow our economy to prosper,” said American Water Works Association CEO David LaFrance. “By reauthorizing the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act and doubling funding for the drinking water State Revolving Fund, the federal government is helping states and local water providers to spur on critical water projects. In addition, the $15 billion designated for lead service line replacement is a welcome down payment on what could be a $60 billion challenge.”
CCWSA and partners throughout the world are reminding water consumers that high-quality, safe tap water is “There When You Need It.”
An American Water Works Association (AWWA) survey conducted in June 2021 showed more than seven in 10 Americans indicated they are satisfied with their tap water and nearly three quarters of respondents said they felt their tap water is safe. Many communities are fortunate to have reliable access to safe water when they turn on the tap. In large part this is due to the regular testing water utilities are required to undertake to ensure regulatory standards for water quality are met. In fact, every water system must publish a Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) detailing its water quality. “Safe and high-quality tap water is a critical piece to our everyday lives,” said AWWA CEO David LaFrance. “Whether it is used for health, hygiene or hydration, high-quality tap water plays an integral role. Water professionals work around the clock every single day to ensure their consumers safety.” CCWSA has the 2021 CCR’s available at https://ccwsa.com/our-water/.
Drinking Water Week provides consumers a chance to recognize the hardworking people performing various roles ensuring tap water is “There When You Need It.”
CCWSA and partners throughout North America are observing Drinking Water Week by recognizing the vital role tap water plays in daily life, the infrastructure that is required to carry it to and from homes and businesses, and the important work of water professionals “behind the scenes.” Whether it’s an engineer designing a capital project, an operator ensuring the safety and quality of drinking water or a member of a pipe crew maintaining the infrastructure in our community, water professionals work around the clock to ensure tap water is there when you need it. “I continually am proud to be associated with the work performed by water professionals,” said American Water Works Association CEO David LaFrance. “While it is often unrecognized by the communities they serve, they routinely perform important, heroic work to ensure the safety and well-being of their consumers.”

K-3rd grade – Coloring Contest – One or more lucky winners will get an Ice cream  gift card. Entries must have students name and contact information of parent/legal guardian or teacher (if coming directly from a school). Deadline for contest entries is May 11th. Entries can be dropped off at the main office – 140 W. Main St. Canton GA 30114 or email Lori Forrester or 770-479-1813 Ext. 1176 for a scheduled pickup.


Tabling Event
When: May 2nd, 2022
Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Where: Woodstock Library
7735 Main St.
Woodstock, GA 30188
Come by to learn about the water system, pick up a copy of the 2021 Consumer Confidence Report and spin the prize wheel.

Tabling Event
When: May 2nd, 2022
Time:   3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Where: Hickory Flat Library
2740 E Cherokee Dr.
Canton, GA 30115
Come by to learn about the water system, pick up a copy of the 2021 Consumer Confidence Report and spin the prize wheel.

Tabling Event
When: May 4th, 2022
Time:   11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Where: Barrel House Coffee Company
275 Gilmer Ferry Rd
Ball Ground, GA, 30107
Come by to learn about the water system, pick up a copy of the 2021 Consumer Confidence Report and spin the prize wheel.

Water Plant Tour
When: May 5th, 2022
Time:   10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: Etowah River Water Treatment Plant
583 Cokers Chapel Rd
Ball Ground, GA, 30107
Must sign up in advance for tour.
Email or call Lori Forrester 770-479-1813 Ext. 1176

Education Updates

Real Estate Class:

We would like to thank Amy Grice and Andrea Yager for your help teaching the “Septic System and the Home” course to local realtors and The Cherokee County Association of Realtors (CAOR) for allowing us to use your facility. We had the pleasure of educating 18 agents on the important role septic tanks serve in the home and how to properly maintain it. Along with this invaluable information they learned about floodplains including FEMA designations and Cherokee County Future Conditions and what both mean for a homeowner. For those that were unable to attend this class, we will be back at CAOR on September 15th, 2022. Please be on the lookout for the information as we get closer.

Real Estate - Septic and the Home

Photography Contest Winners:

Photo winner Madeline Buckley K-6th and Clare Davis HM crop

Congratulations to our photography contest winners! Thank you for submitting such beautiful photographs that displays our theme “Plants and Animals”. Plants and animals depend on our water resources for survival just as we do for our drinking water supply. The Etowah River supplies us with our drinking water and supports numerous plants and animals.

Photo Winner - Taylor Daugherty 7th-12th

Madeline Buckley -K-6th grade winner – Mill Creek MS  |  Taylor Daugherty – 7th – 12th grade winner – Mill Creek MS
Clare Davis – Honorable Mention – Mill Creek MS

Middle School Student Represents Cherokee County in Annual Essay Contest

Sawyer Swift, a student at Woodstock Middle School, is the Cherokee County winner of the 20th annual Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District Middle School Essay Contest.
This year’s contest asked students to watch Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Georgia Water Live at www.gpb.org/water, and write a 300-500 word essay on one of two topics. Students could write an essay about an essential water career that was featured in Georgia Water Live, and research the job and describe why it’s so important; or they could write an essay about why they think a clean, abundant water supply is essential for our metro Atlanta region and our state.
To read Sawyer’s essay about a career as a Riverkeeper, head to www.northgeorgiawater.org/essay. Sawyer said “I would, and I think everyone should consider this career. Riverkeeping is incredibly fun, you get to monitor the river’s health from a kayak! Also, you get to operate boats and cruise around. This is the perfect job for a true nature lover.”
“The Metro Water District essay contest is an important tool to get students to think about careers in the water industry. Protection of source water (sources of water such as rivers, streams, lakes, reservoirs, springs, and groundwater that provide water to public drinking water supplies and private wells) is an important job anywhere you go in the world. In our community water professionals from government organizations/utilities and non-profit groups watch over our waterways. Citizens of all ages can get hands-on practice in the job of source water protection by becoming a Georgia Adopt-A-Stream volunteer.”- Lori Forrester, CCWSA Public Information Specialist.

The annual essay contest is open to all sixth, seventh, and eighth graders in Bartow, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Forsyth, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Paulding, and Rockdale counties. For the last 20 years, the contest has challenged thousands of middle school students to think critically about water conservation and the importance of water resources and management in the metro Atlanta region.

Regional Science and Engineering Fair

Congratulations to our winners!

Elementary School –

Ananya Das – Clark Creek ES – Can Plants Stop Erosion?
Allie Sachs – Clark Creek ES – Vinegar Balloon and Baking Soda – Party Time Pals
Madelyn Hickey – Woodstock ES – What Happens to Different Gummy Bears in Different Liquids
Emmaline McKinney – Macedonia ES – Look Out Below

Middle School –

Pradhyumma Vasishta – E.T. Booth MS – Infrared Water Purifier
Ava Tyner – E.T. Booth MS – Nanotech Oil Spill Clean-up in Water
Hailii Hammond – E.T. Booth MS – Could Ionic Wind be the Future of Transportation?

High School –

Cecilia Keown – Woodstock HS – The Effects of Fungi and Bacillus subtilis on Biofuel Energy Production
Griffin Weaver – Woodstock HS – Hydro-Biotic Filter

Science Fair Clark Creek
Science Fair Macedonia
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Science Fair WHS_RSEF

Model Water Tower Competition 

“FROM TODAY’S YOUTH COME TOMMOROW’S LEADERS – LET’S LEAD SOME TO THE WATER PROFESSION!” This is the mission statement of the planning committee for the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP) Model Water Tower Competition (MWTC). The annual competition was hosted by Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority (CCWSA) for the fifth year in a row. This STEM activity focuses on students learning complex concepts such as hydraulic and structural efficiency while thinking green and using recycled materials. The competition included all 7 Cherokee County middle schools – Creekland, Dean Rusk, E.T. Booth, Freedom, Mill Creek, Teasley and Woodstock. Approximately 350 students participated in the competition. They had a total of 8 weeks to plan, design and build their water towers. Each school had engineering professionals mentoring them along the way with design, structure and functionality of the towers. Three model water towers from each school advanced to the county competition. The competition was split into two days March 10th and 11th, 2022. The competition’s main component was testing the towers (dimensions, hydraulics, materials and interview) but, the day was much more than that. Students learned about water meters, backflow devices, built a water filter, got to see different water utility vehicles and learned about different aspects of the water professional through these actives.

Awards included:
Best built water filter: Ashton Sealey – Teasley MS, Riley Castaldo – Dean Rusk MS, Braelen Forman – Teasley MS, Emma Wallace – Woodstock MS, Vini Rechi – Mill Creek MS and Murphy Burke – Woodstock MS

Superlative Awards:
Best Engineering Design – “Astronomical” – Dean Rusk MS and Shark Tank – Mill Creek MS
Structural Excellence – “Big Blue” – Woodstock MS and House Tower – Teasley MS
Best Interview/Judges Choice – “The Hope Depot Tower” – Mill Creek MS
Most Artistic – “Seaside” – Freedom MS
“Outside the Box” Imagination Award – “Lil Monkey” – Creekland MS

Top 3 places:
1st place– “Winne the Pooh” – E.T. Booth MS – Azaria Chanlatte and Nytalia Reeves
2nd – “Ms. Silly Piggy” – E.T. Booth MS – Rowan Nickels, Ava Garrett and Aidan Parker
3rd – “Ciulla Tower” – Freedom MS – Felicia Ciulla

Congratulations to E.T. Booth MS for receiving the school level waterdrop trophy for having the best tower overall.

In total, $5,500 was invested into the Cherokee County MWTC. Sponsors of the event invested time and funds into the competition. The sponsors were CCWSA, Cedar Chem, Bermex, Hayes Pipe Supply Inc., Freese and Nichols, Brown and Caldwell, Hazen and Sawyer, Atkins, ESI and Arcadis. Thank you to all our sponsors, mentors, teachers, judges and students

Georgia Adopt-a-Stream

Congratulations to out Adopt-A-Stream group of the year – Lake Sovereign G-2875. They received this honor for the precise and consistent visual, chemical and bacterial monitoring throughout 2021. Check out their data set.

Do you have a body of water that is near and dear to your heart? Maybe a creek in your back yard or a favorite spot to find tranquility from the hustle of the 9-5. If you fall into this category and you would like to take a more active role in the protection of this waterbody, Adopt-A-Stream may be for you.

In water quality testing, there is not a silver bullet kind of test that is all encompassing of water quality. Rather, we rely on a series of test that gives us a look in to the health of a body of water over time. These are “snapshots”, if you will, of what is going on at that particular moment. Over time, we start to see trends develop and when we see an abnormality, it lets us know something is wrong.

Adopt-A-Stream (AAS) has three main types of tests that give us excellent data on the health of the stream and when combined, give us a more comprehensive view of the waterbody.

Chemical Monitoring:
This type of monitoring looks at chemical parameters such as dissolved oxygen, pH, conductivity, and temperature to give us a look at the stream’s health on a monthly basis. Certain parameters fluctuate from season to season and it is important to have the data to establish trends. In order for aquatic life to survive, there are certain requirements for basic necessities to be met. Some of these necessities are the same for us. For instance, they all have to have oxygen to survive. Another extremely important parameter is pH. Most aquatic life requires between 6 – 8.5 and even minor changes can be harmful. More advanced testing is also available which includes alkalinity, nitrate, ammonia, and phosphate, if you are interested.

Bacteria Monitoring:
There are millions of varieties of bacteria that exist in nature and they all have a variety of sources and important roles to play in the natural world. The type of bacteria we look at in particular is E. Coli. This type is referred to as an indicator organism because it is a member of bacteria that are only found in the intestines of warm blooded animals. The level of this bacteria will let us know whether we will get sick or not if we or a four legged friend drinks from this body of water. This monitoring is also a monthly test.

Macroinvertebrate Monitoring:
This type of monitoring looks at the diversity and abundance of a macro-invertebrate (organism that lives in the water that can be easily viewed with the naked eye). Since these organisms are not very mobile, they are both easy to catch and provide a good health indicator of the water quality. Each organism has a different level of pollution tolerance before they perish, so a more diverse population of organisms are better than finding an abundance of one species. Monitoring for macro’s is only recommended quarterly since these organisms do not change much from month to month and we don’t want to disturb their ecosystem on a frequent basis.

Any surface water is a constantly moving and changing force of nature and as such there is no presumed safety in it’s consumption. Hopefully, should this program sound worthwhile to you, you can help protect this important natural resource for the generations that come after us.

We offer trainings on the AAS testing methods based on requests; though most of our availability will be Monday- Friday 8-5. Once you become a certified volunteer, we offer equipment loans for a 7-day check out. Please feel free to reach out and ask any questions you may have.

Educational Programs/Resources

Learn about the free environmental education programs and online resources offered to classroom teachers, homeschool groups, and community groups.

CCWSA provides a wide array of programs for Kindergarten through 12th grade. Each activity is matched up with the Georgia Science Standards for each grade. However, all activities can be adjusted to teach younger or older children. In addition, some activities such as the Enviroscape can be used to teach college students and adult groups.

The activities are separated by grade level for the ease of finding what fits best for your needs.

Interested in having us come in to do a program? Contact us. Scheduling early is recommended.

CCWSA is proud to be a Partner in Education with Creekland Middle School.
The Partners in Education program is administered by Cherokee county Chamber of Commerce. The program is about fostering partnerships among business organizations, schools and communities in Cherokee County.


Science Basic: Hitting the Mark

Best for 4th grade and up.  The students will distinguish between accuracy and precision, investigate the relationship of accuracy and precision as it relates to water quality data collection, write clear procedures, and recognize the limitations of those procedures. Students work in small groups to create a structure and/or method to make the clay ball hit the target. Then they write the procedure out step by step. The groups then rotate and have to use the other group’s procedure to get the same results. This is a fun hands-on interactive way to teach accuracy and precision!

Informational Articles and Videos

CCWSA provides information through articles and videos about important topics that impact your everyday life.

Stormwater Issues

Articles: Pet Waste and Stormwater | Stormwater (leaves in stormdrain), | Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB’s) | Fats, Oils and Grease  (FOG)
Who To Call when you observe a problem

Videos: Proper Disposal of PharmaceuticalsFats, Oils and Grease

Informational Posters: Algal Blooms | Pet Waste | Fats, Oils and Grease | Stormwater vs. Wastewater | Did you know? Water Penny

The Rivers Alive clean-ups were a huge success this year! Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority (CCWSA) hosted three Rivers Alive cleanups in October that were focused on Little River, Ball Ground Creek and the Etowah River.

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In total, we had 137 volunteers spend over 400 hours of volunteer time cleaning up approximately 300 bags of trash plus tires, car parts and more. Together we removed approximate 2 tons of trash from our beautiful Cherokee County.

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Thank you to our partners City of Woodstock, City of Holly Springs, City of Canton, City of Ball Ground, Cherokee County Stormwater, Cherokee County School District, Kristin May – Fathom Realty and the Upper Etowah River Alliance. It would not be possible without our incredible partnerships!

Imagine a Day Without Water: October 21, 2021

No water to drink, or wash your hands with. No water to shower, flush the toilet, or do laundry. Hospitals would close without water. Firefighters couldn’t put out fires and farmers couldn’t water their crops. Disease would spread.

This year, we want to help you learn more about where your water comes from and where your water goes. We’ll take a deeper dive into the impact drinking water and wastewater providers have within your community. Many Americans take water for granted every day. But what would a day be like without water? Imagine a Day Without Water 2021 will be the seventh annual day to raise awareness and educate America about the value of water.

CCWSA is sponsoring a essay contest for 6-12th grade students in Cherokee County. Entry Deadline Extended – November 12, 2021

Student information –
Our country continues to face an enormous health crisis from the coronavirus pandemic. Throughout the pandemic water and wastewater systems keeps the water flowing in homes, hospitals and essential businesses. The crisis continues to demonstrate the critical role that water and wastewater systems play in their communities, protecting public health, safeguarding the environment and making a healthy economy possible.

  • What would your day be like if you couldn’t turn on the tap and get clean drinking water?
  • What would happen if you flushed the toilet and the wastewater didn’t go anywhere?
  • What would happen if restaurants, hospitals, firefighters, farms or hundreds of industries that depend on water ran out of water?

The essay should answer one or more of these questions. We encourage you to get creative with your essay! Grammar and spelling will be taken into account during judging. Make sure to cite all outside information. Check out Value of Water videos for inspiration.

Essay must be a minimum of 250 words and no more than 600 words.
Entries must include Student’s Name, Grade, School and Parent Contact information.
Email Entries To Us

Drinking Water Week

Thank you to everyone that attended the Drinking Water Week events and students that participated in the coloring contest. Coloring contest winners announced.

Thank you for everyone that came out to see us at our Drinking Water Week community events in Hickory Flat, Waleska and Ballground. In total, we had the pleasure to interact with more than 60 community members. The coloring contest was a great success with close to 1000 entries!

Meet the Winners!

Kindergarden: Avery Clanton | Johnston ES

1st grade: Mauvick Carlson | Arnold Mill ES

2nd grade: Rylee Morris | Clayton ES

3rd grade and Grand Prize: Riley Turner | RM Moore ES

2nd grade Honorable Mention: Felicia Untung | Johnston ES

3rd grade Honorable Mention: Grace Hanner | Ballground – Homeschool

Science & Engineering Fair

Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority (CCWSA) recognized Cherokee County students in the 2021 NWGA Regional Science & Engineering Fair. Due to the pandemic, the judging was virtual this year. Three E.T. Booth middle school students were recognized for excellence in their projects that focused on the environmental field.

The three projects recognized for excellence were: Anna Tyner with her project “Nanotech Oil Spill Clean Up”, Adriel Ontibon with his project “Do Sound Waves Affect Plant Growth?” and Aahana Karanji with her project “Raspberry Pi Water System.”

The students accepted their awards at a small awards ceremony held at E.T. Booth MS on February 12th, 2021. They received a certificate, a goodie bag, and a gift card.

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