Our Water | Treatment Plant
Cherokee County’s drinking water plant is located on the Etowah River in the Northeast corner of the county. The plant is approximately 70 miles downstream from the headwaters of the Etowah River and about 22 miles upstream of Lake Allatoona.
In December 1986, Cherokee County’s Water plant went into service. At that time, the plant was capable of treating 6 million gallons of water per day.
During the plant’s first month of operation, the average daily flow rate was less than one million gallons per day. On August 11, 2007, the plant reached its highest production rate to date – 27.7 million gallons in a 24 hour period.
CCWSA’s Water Treatment Plant has undergone two major expansions since it was originally constructed. The first expansion was completed in February 1996 and enabled the plant to produce as much as 18 million gallons per day. The second and last expansion was completed in March 2007 and made the plant capable of producing 38 million gallons per day.
Cherokee County’s Water Plant supplies drinking water to the majority of the County’s citizens and also supplements neighboring water systems such as Bartow County, Pickens County, City of Canton, and City of Woodstock.
The Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP) presented The Etowah River Water Treatment Plant with a Platinum Award in recognition of complete and consistent SDWA permit compliance during the calendar year of 2020. The Platinum Award recognizes National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit 100% compliance. Congratulations to the Etowah River Water Treatment Plant Staff for achieving this award.
The Georgia Section of American Water Works Association (GAWWA) presented The Etowah River Water Treatment Plant with a Best Operated Water Plant of the Year Award In the category of Surface Water 25 to 49.99 MGD. Congratulations to the Etowah River Water Treatment Plant Staff for achieving this award.