Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority (CCWSA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 CCWSA student photography contest. The theme of the contest this year was the human water cycle. Students were asked to consider: Where does the water that you use every day come from? How does it get to your home, school, and local businesses? Where is it stored? How does fire protection fit into the cycle? Where does it go after you use it? What is the connection to food production and energy? Student photographers were challenged to capture interest and beauty in the human water cycle. The winning photographers did that beautifully!

In the 6th – 8th grade category Caleb Miller, 7th grade student from Creekland Middle School, is the winner with his photograph titled “Tower at Sunset.” In the 9th – 12th grade category Leila Raymond-Kaina, 12th grade student from Cherokee High School, is the winner. The students received a framed copy of their winning photograph and a check for fifty dollars. The photographs are 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.

Tower at Sunset By Caleb Miller

Photograph By Leila Raymond-Kaina

Lori Forrester, CCWSA Public Information Specialist, presents framed photograph and prize to Leila Raymond-Kaina at Cherokee High School

Georgia Adopt-A-Stream workshops

Join us for the first of a three-part series that covers Georgia Adopt-A-Stream chemical, bacteria, visual, and macroinvertebrate workshops Learn how to monitor your local waterways. Please email to RSVP by 3/9/20 AAS training flyer

Part 1: Getting Started/Chemical
Friday, March 13, 2020
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
@ Hollis Q. Lathem Reservoir
5436 Cowart Rd, Dawsonville, GA

  • Be sure to wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and waterproof boots
  • Lunch will not be provided so be sure to eat before you come
  • Certification tests will be offered at the end of the program

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 16 through 22, 2020—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 7th Annual Water Drop Dash, a 5K race and family Water Festival Saturday, March 21st, 2020. This event caps off Fix a Leak Week and takes place at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell. The course is fast and flat along the banks of the beautiful Chattahoochee River. The family Water Festival follows with a children’s fun run with mascots, prizes, activities, games, crafts and sponsors’ booths.  Race participants will receive a t-shirt and enjoy free admission to the Chattahoochee Nature Center all day on race day.  CCWSA representative Will England will be at this event with water conservation give-aways.


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

Stormwater runoff, sometimes called storm sewer is..

  • rainfall that does not soak into the ground, but instead flows over the land into these surface waters.
  • important to replenish our water supply, but can also harm our watersheds if pollutants are collected along the way.

  • naturally occuring, but as development and the amount of impervious surface such as rooftops, roads and parking lots increase in a watershed, the natural capacity of the soil and vegetation to filter and take up rainfall decreases, and more rainfall becomes stormwater runoff.

Stormwater IS NOT …

  • going to the Wastewater treatment plant.


Wastewater, sometimes called sewage is…

  • water that has been used by homes, industry and business that must be treated before it is released back into the environment.
  • is either transported by a sewer system, called a sanitary sewer to a wastewater treatment plant, or it is treated onsite within a self-contained septic system.

Wastewater is NOT…

  • stormwater runnoff .
  • returned to the environment without treatment.


FOG Notice

We would like to remind our customers to properly dispose of your F.O.G. (Fats, Oils, Grease)

  • Allow FOG to cool. Pour any liquids into a sealable, disposable container and place in trash.
  • Use a spatula or a similar utensil to scrape any solid FOG and food particles into the trash.
  • Use a paper towel to dry wipe any remaining FOG residue into the trash. Place used paper towels in trash.
  • Use a sink strainer to catch any food particles that may be left on dishware and place in trash.

When we think of what F.O.G. is, our minds think of common ones such as bacon grease, canola oil, or maybe even olive oil. A commonly overlook type of F.O.G. are some of our dairy products such as milk, icecream, or cheese. These sticky substances form a gelatin like goo that can lead to clogs in our sewage lines causing spills.

So please remember to Prevent the CLOG, Trash your F.O.G.

*F.O.G. scrapers are available at the CCWSA main office.

FOG Notice 2019