Henry County Water Authority Wins ‘Best Tasting Drinking Water’ at Georgia Conference

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The HCWA received the GAWP Water Plant of the Year Award for its Towaliga Water Treatment Plant. HCWA staff from the plant pictured are, left to right: Tyler Perry, Allan Leverett, Sheila Kern, Chad Butterfield, Matt Little, Andy Young, Chris Jones, Ryan Sharp, Jake Hearn and David Bell. (Photo credit: Henry Herald)

Article courtesy of Henry Herald | June 9, 2015 | Henry Herald | Shared as educational material

McDONOUGH — Customers of the Henry County Water Authority who enjoy the taste of the utility’s tap water should know they are not alone.

Judges from the Georgia Association of Water Professionals selected HCWA as having the Best Tasting Drinking Water in Georgia during the recent Spring Conference in Macon.

In addition, the Authority won industry awards for Water Plant of the Year and Water Reclamation Facility of the Year. In order to qualify as a candidate for Plant of the Year Awards, water and wastewater treatment plants must operate with no permit violations for the year.

The treatment facility with no violation receives the GAWP Gold Award. If a facility operates for at least five consecutive years with 100% permit compliance, it receives the GAWP Platinum Award.

This year, all five of the Authority’s water and sewage treatment facilities received awards.

The Bear Creek and Indian Creek Water Reclamation facilities each earned Gold Awards, while the Towaliga and Tussahaw Water Treatment Plants, as well as the Walnut Creek Water Reclamation Facility, received GAWP Platinum Awards. An official from GAWP presented these and other industry awards to the Authority during the May meeting of the HCWA Board of Directors.

The GAWP Spring Conference also included the statewide Best Tasting Drinking Water and Meter Madness Competitions. After being judged as the Best Tasting Drinking Water in District 3 following a blind taste test among a panel of water professionals, HCWA tap water won the Best Tasting Drinking Water in Georgia, competing against eight district taste test winners.

Finally, the Authority’s Nic Spann narrowly defeated fellow HCWA employee Dwayne Lenning in an all-HCWA final of the 2015 Georgia Meter Madness Competition.

Spann’s winning time to assemble a 5/8-inch residential water meter was 35.6 seconds. He repeats as state champion, having won the competition last year.

General Manager Lindy Farmer noted that the benefit of participating in industry awards is not for the recognition, but the valuable feedback the utility receives from the peer reviews of its system. The GAWP Awards Program lets the Authority know how it ranks with other utilities in the state, according to strict awards criteria, while gathering ideas on how it can improve as a provider of water and sewer services for its more than 50,000 customers.

As a result of winning the Georgia Best Tasting Drinking Water and Meter Madness competitions, the HCWA qualifies for the respective national championships during the Annual Conference & Exposition of the American Water Works Association, which was held June 7-10.

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