Science and Engineering Fair

Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority (CCWSA) recognized six Cherokee County students at the NWGA Regional Science & Engineering Fair on February 8th, 2020 at Alliance Academy for Innovation High School. The students were recognized for excellence in their projects that focused on the environmental field. Students excelled at all levels from elementary school through high school.

This was the first year that elementary school students participated in the regional science and engineering fair. Hunter Hawkins from Hasty Elementary School was recognized for his project “How can farmers solve the problem of erosion?“ Three students from E.T. Booth were recognized: Madeline May for her project “Which Homemade Water Filter is the Most Effective at Cleaning Water and Particulates?” , Lydia Wooley with her project “What are the Different Types of Microplastics and Inorganic Waste in the Lakes?”  and Victoria Ramos-Jackson with her project “Lead along the Roadways: Which has more Lead?” All three placed 1st and will be advancing to the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair. Two students from Woodstock High School were recognized: Isabel Plower with her project “The Effect of the FAS ll Pathway on Agro-Industrial Waste” and Brodie Solomon with his project “The Effect of Water Pump Filtration on Microplastics in Freshwater.” Brodie Solomon placed 3rd with his excellent project on Microplastics filtration (see photo below).   Isabel Plower placed 1st and will be advancing to the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair. The recognized students received a certificate, goodie bag and a $50 gift card.

Isabel Plower, Woodstock High School Science and Engineering Fair Winner

Will England presenting Madeline May with her CCWSA goodie bag

Brodie Solomon’s project on Microplastics filtration

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.