Science Fair

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.

Image – L to R – Mark Justice (Cobb EMC), Will England (CCWSA), Lucas Vanderberg, April Bryant, Dr. Erin Jacobs (CCSD).

Image – 844 – Dr. Erin Jacobs (CCSD), Naomi White, Mark Justice (Cobb EMC), Will England (CCWSA).

Fix A Leak Week

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.


  1. Check

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 for do-it-yourself repair tips or contact a plumbing professional.


  1. Twist

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!


  1. Replace

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

For more information or to register for the race visit

Want to do more? Join thousands of your neighbors by supporting the We’re for Water campaign, organized by WaterSense. Visit 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:

For more information and tips about how to save water during Fix a Leak Week, visit

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

Science and Engineering Fair 2021

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.

Left to Right – Dr. Erin Jacobs (CCSD Curriculum and Instruction), Aahana Karanji, Adriel Ontibon, Lori Forrester (CCWSA Public Information Specialist), Mr. Todd Sharrock (Principal)

Then and Now Photography Winner

Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority (CCWSA) is pleased to announce the winner of the student photography contest, Thomas Smith from Holly Springs Elementary. The theme of the contest this year was “Then and Now”. Students were asked to find an old photograph of Cherokee county (or close by) that contains a waterway, mill, dam, dock, or fish weir along with a current photograph of the same location. Thomas found a 1963 photograph of Fields Landing and took a current 2020 photograph. In addition, he provided history of the area and what it meant to him. “Fields Landing is part of Lake Allatoona and the Etowah River. Lake Allatoona was and is used for fishing, hydroelectric generation, and flood control. It is also one of the most visited Corps of Engineers projects in the United States. Lake Allatoona was completed in 1949 and fields landing was named after the Fields family farm. I caught my first fish at fields landing in 2017.”
He received a framed copy of his winning photograph and a check for fifty dollars. The photograph will be proudly displayed at the CCWSA main office, Rose Creek Water Reclamation Facility (WRF), Fitzgerald Creek WRF, Riverbend WRF, Etowah River Water Treatment Facility, and H. Q. Lathem Reservoir throughout 2021.

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