“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 the Georgia Association for Water Professionals (GAWP) Model Water Tower Competition (MWTC). This annual competition was hosted by Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority (CCWSA) in Cherokee County for the third 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 3 schools this year: E.T. Booth, Creekland and Dean Rusk Middle School. Approximately 150 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. Eight model water towers advanced to the county competition from each school. Prizes were given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place plus superlatives. E.T. Booth MS’s water tower “Fairy Tower” took home the 1st place prize. Mrs. Reeder, from E.T. Booth, can proudly display the district MWTC waterdrop trophy. Close to $3000 was invested into the MWTC from CCWSA, Hayes Pipe Supply Inc, Freese and Nichols, Brown and Caldwell and Hazen and Sawyer. Thank you to all our sponsors, mentors, teachers, judges and students!
Of all the advances to society, only tap water delivers public health protection, fire protection, support for our economy and the quality of life we enjoy. As such, there is a lesser known holiday known as Drinking Water Week. May 2-8, 2021 we will celebrate our water resources and its importance. This event has been celebrated by the American Water Works Association for more than 40 years. In hundreds of communities across the United States there exists a drinking water treatment facility. This facility is responsible for treating surface water or groundwater to drinking water standards. Many believe that one of the biggest public health initiatives of the 20th century was the addition of fluoride to drinking water. Not only did this reduce the number of dental hygiene issues and tooth loss, dental health is also related to hypertension, heart disease, digestive problems, and many other related illnesses. Additionally, having clean water for hand washing is one of the most important way to prevent the spread of diseases. In the midst of Covid-19, this is more important than ever. Drinking water supports the fire-fighting and protection of life and home, the same drinking water that we use every day to cook, wash, clean, and eat is the same drinking water that is used to put out fires, save lives, and property. Without a source of clean safe drinking water – our economies would not be able to grow. Water supports restaurants, food processing facilities, medical services, and the building of homes within communities. Over the years life expectancy has increased and part of the reason for that is water. Clean safe drinking water is vital to support the medical field and allows hospitals to deliver services safely. Clean, safe, reliable tap(drinking) water is a commodity most people take for granted and rarely consider it a luxury that many people are not able to enjoy. Take a moment to reflect on the activities you have used water for today.
“How do I know my water is safe to drink?” This is fairly common question people ask regarding their tap water. Since 1974, the Safe Drinking Water Act has been in place to protect the interest of the people. SDWA has changed and been amended several times over the years to address new contaminants and problems that have come up over the years. Some highlights of SDWA include boil water notices when the opportunity for contamination has occurred and the requirement for water providers to publish a Consumer Confidence Report (CCR). Every year water providers around the country are required to test for a long list of contaminants for levels as low as parts per billion on many of them. To better understand this concept, one part per billion is the concentration of a packet of sugar dissolved in an Olympic-sized swimming pool. It is also important to note that every 5 years EPA comes up with a list of potential contaminants to test for and research as potential new requirements to treat for. Extensive research is them done on this list to look into any impact to human health they may affect. If they are found to have a negative impact, even in a trace amount they must be test for going forward and listed in the CCR. With this information, an informed customer could then make an educated decision for him/herself as to whether they find it needful to do any further treatment for the water they drink. The CCR for CCWSA can be found on our website and at our main office upon request.
If you ever have a concern about your drinking water in color or taste we would recommend you first visiting the Frequently Asked Questions page on our website https://ccwsa.com/frequently-asked-questions/. If this does not answer your question or you still have a concern, please contact us at 770-479-1813 and we will be more than happy to answer your question and/or come take a sample.
Drinking Water Week Activities:
Come learn about our drinking water, ask questions and get fun freebies at these community events.
May 3: Frosty Frog Creamery & Café – 6205 Hickory Flat Highway, Suite 112, Canton. 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
May 4: Reinhardt University – 7300 Reinhardt Circle, Waleska. 10 a.m.-noon, in the science building atrium.
May 5: Barrel House Coffee Co. – 275 Gilmer Ferry Road, Suite 5, Ball Ground. 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Are you interested in seeing where your water comes from and how it treated before it comes out of your faucet? We are offering Water Plant Tours at our Etowah River Water Treatment Facility in Ball Ground on May 4th from 9-11 am and May 6th from 2-4 pm. Contact Lori Forrester at firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-479-1813 Ext. 246 to reserve your spot.
Coloring Contest: Coloring contest sheets for students grades K-3rd can be obtained here or at the main office – (140 W. Main Street). Completed coloring sheets can be dropped off at the main office (inside or drive-through) or simply take a photo of the completed coloring sheet and e-mail it to email@example.com with students name/grade. One or more lucky winner(s) will be selected to win a $10 ice-cream gift card. The deadline to turn the coloring sheets is May 14th.
Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority (CCWSA) recognized Cherokee County 2 elementary school students in the NWGA Regional Science & Engineering Fair. Due to the pandemic, the judging was virtual this year. Lucas Vanderberg from Oak Grove ES with his project ” Leaf Chromography” and Naomi White from Clark Creek ES with her project “Can Water Float on Water?” were recognized for their exceptional work in the environmental field. They received a certificate, a goodie bag, and a gift card.
Leaks Can Run, but They Can’t Hide
Are you ready to chase down leaks? Household leaks can waste nearly 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide, so each year we hunt down the drips during Fix a Leak Week. Mark your calendars for EPA’s annual Fix a Leak Week, March 15 through 21, 2021—but remember that you can find and fix leaks inside and outside your home to save valuable water and money all year long.
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.
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.
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!
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 8th Annual Water Drop Dash, a 5K trail run, March 20th, 2021. This is a virtual and in-person event. In addition, the water festival that typically takes place is being replaced with virtual events throughout the week. Details about the Water Drop Dash and the Fix A Leak week virtual events can be found at https://www.waterdropdash.com/
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.
Here are the direct links to the virtual events created by CCWSA:
The 2 minute fix a leak family challenge
Hide-N-Go Seek Leak game
Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority (CCWSA) recognized Cherokee County students in the 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.