CCWSA Photography Contest 2020

Deadline for the “Then and Now” Photography Contest has been extended to February 14th for the 7-12th grade category only

Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority is hosting a photography contest themed “Then and Now” for Cherokee county students K– 12 (traditional or home-schooled). The deadline is December 17, 2020. Submit an entry to along with the title of the photograph, student’s name, school and grade, and the narrative.

Students must have an old original photograph or photograph of the original photograph from Cherokee county (or close by) that contains a waterway, mill, dam, dock, or fish weir along with a current photograph of the same location. A “then” photograph found on-line from a historical source will be accepted.  Students can use resources from different locations throughout the area: older family and friends who grew up in the area, Cherokee County History Museum, Funk Heritage Center, Allatoona Dam, and Woodstock Visitor Center.  Submissions must also include a 50-100 word narrative that explains the photograph and what local resource(s) were used. Two winners will be selected, one from the K-6th category and 7th– 12th category. There is a $50 prize as well as one framed 8 x 10 of the winning photograph.

Have questions? Contact Lori Forrester @ 770-479-1813 ext. 246 or

Rivers Alive Clean-Up Success

The Rivers Alive clean-ups were a huge success with 170 volunteers spending 520 hours to pick up 1600 lbs of trash. The volunteers cleaned up a total of 12 miles from around Little River and Etowah River. Our community has benefited greatly from the Fall Rivers Alive Clean-ups. Thank You to Everyone who volunteered.

Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority (CCWSA) is pleased to announce the winner of the Imagine a Day Without Water essay contest is Campbell Munsey from Etowah High School. Thank you to all the students who participated in the essay content, we hope that it helped you understand the value of water. To learn more about the value of water visit –

A Day Without Water

by Campbell Munsey

Drip. The water drips down the spout. It is hard to imagine life without water. How would you flush your toilet? What foods would you be able to eat? What would you do without clean, filtered water from your sink? These questions would spiral around in our minds as we struggle to fathom what our day would look like. Water is an important source in our lives, and without it, the results would be deadly.

Without water, we would not be able to have filtered water from our sinks, whether they are in our kitchen or our bathroom. With the sinks in our kitchens, we use the water to clean dishes and fill up a cup of water to drink. We would not have water to use for our dishwashers, so we would have to use paper plates and plastic utensils, which would just fill up more of the landfill. On average, each person needs eight glasses of water every day to prevent dehydration. Without clean water to drink, it would be impossible for us to get this much water per day in a healthy way, causing dehydration. People that play sports would have no way of staying hydrated while running around in the sun. If our bodies do not contain the amount of water needed, we could potentially die.

Water is also used in bathrooms to help flush the sewage down your toilet. As Americans, we are used to the luxury of having water in our toilets to flush down the dirty water. If we did not have water in our toilet bowls, the sewage would build up and create bacteria and an unpleasant smell. People might even try throwing their waste away like you do with a dog to prevent the room from smelling. As humans, we use lots of water to take showers on the daily. Without water for just a day, it would not be a big deal to skip one shower, but if you went without water for a longer period it would become a problem.

Another use of water is in the process of making food. Whether you are growing crops for agriculture or cooking steak, water is involved in each process. For crops like fruits and vegetables, water is needed to clean the crops and to help them grow. Without water, the crops would not be able to live, which would cut out a big selection of our food supply. Fruits and vegetables are two of the main food groups that humans need every day, so they are vital to our lifestyle. For meat, tons of water is used in the meat production process. In order to make just one pound of meat from beef, it takes 2,400 gallons of water. Many Americans eat meat in every meal as their protein, so they would have to rely on nuts and other sources to give them their protein.

Overall, water is an important source for many aspects of our lives. Whether you use it for showering, flushing your toilet, or using it to wash your food, you use water more than you probably knew you did. If the world had to go a day without water, we would have to find alternatives and discover new ways to live.

The Value of Water Campaign

Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority is sponsoring an “Imagine a Day Without Water” essay contest for 6-12 grade Cherokee County students. There will be a $50 prize for the winning essay. The deadline is October 16th, 2020. Contact with any questions. Find all the details in the flyer – VOW Essay Contest 2020


For more information about:

Value of Water Campaign – 

Imagine a Day Without Water-

River Clean Up

2020 River Clean Up


Millions of tons of trash are left along our nation’s rivers and streams every year.  Roadside litter also makes its 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-Ups are 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. Sign-up to participate with your family and friends and see how pristine we can make our rivers. We sure could use the help!


Dates are subject to change if conditions are considered unsafe for any reason.

State guidelines regarding Covid-19 precautions will be adhered to at the event.

Sign-up in advance by e-mail Lori Forrester or call 770-479-1813 Ext. 246.


September 12th– Little River Clean-up (Click Here) We are meeting at Olde Rope Mill Park, Woodstock. There will be breakfast items and coffee provided in the morning. Individually wrapped snacks and water will be available during the clean-up. In lieu of lunch being provided at the park an alternate option will be provided as a “Thank You” for participating. Full neck buffs will be provided instead of T-shirts this year. Suggested items to have or bring: Old shoes, clothes (things you don’t mind getting wet or dirty) and heavy work gloves (optional) –gloves will be provided – but heavier gloves are useful for pulling and carrying larger items (such as tires).


October 24th – Etowah River Clean-up (Click Here) We are meeting at the Upper Etowah River Alliance Office – 180 McClure St., Canton. Breakfast snacks will be provided. Please bring your own water and drinks. Full neck buffs will be provided instead of T-shirts this year. Suggested items are old shoes, clothes and heavy work gloves – plastic protective gloves will be provided – but heavier gloves are useful for pulling and carrying larger items.