The 2018 Henry County Quality Report Is Here!
The tap water produced and distributed by the Henry County Water Authority (HCWA) to more than 60,000 customer accounts is among the cleanest and safest possible, according to the results of the 2018 Henry County Water Quality Report.
HCWA officials say those results can be attributed to proper long-term planning and investments in an award-winning system, with facilities operated by some of the most accomplished water professionals in the industry.
The 2018 Henry County Water Quality Report, which includes water quality data collected from all points of the HCWA system during the 2017 calendar year, is available on the Authority’s website at http://waterqualityreport.hcwa.com/report.pdf. Hard copies also are available upon request at the HCWA Headquarters, located at 1695 Highway 20 West in McDonough. Customers also can request to receive a copy via mail by calling 770-957-6659.
The laboratory evidence of HCWA drinking water quality, reviewed and authenticated by the state Environmental Protection Division (EPD), informs customers of what is in their drinking water and why. In the case of the 2018 Report, HCWA drinking water again met or exceeded all industry safeguards for water quality, reflected in water samples and laboratory tests conducted from Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2017.
The lab data analyzed for inclusion in the 2018 Henry County Water Quality Report include measures of regulated substances found in HCWA tap water. These lab results provide consumers with the assurance that the detected amounts of potential contaminants are well within the limits allowed by Georgia EPD, in accordance with federal guidelines of the Safe Drinking Water Act enforced by the U.S. EPA.
During 2017, the HCWA experienced no violations of regulatory limits on potential contaminants – whether organic, inorganic, or microbiological, or as the result of disinfectants or disinfectant by-products used in the drinking water treatment process.
The goal of the Henry County Water Quality Report is to provide customers with the most current data reflecting the quality of their drinking water. The Report also outlines the treatment technologies and processes used to assure HCWA tap water safety.
In addition to the Water Quality Data featured in the 2018 Henry County Water Quality Report, the HCWA also provides an overview of its system, including the five drinking water reservoirs owned and operated by the Authority, with 18 billion gallons of raw water. That reservoir storage is equivalent to an estimated 500 days of supply. The HCWA also has approximately 1,347 miles of transmission and distribution mains, 15 storage tanks with 28.9 million gallons of finished drinking water storage capacity, and two water treatment plants with a combined permitted capacity of 40.5 million gallons per day (MGD).
“Our top priority as a public water utility is to provide clean, safe drinking water for our customers and for the community,” says Lindy Farmer, HCWA General Manager. “The results of our Water Quality Report reflect the outstanding job our employees are doing as water professionals every day, in addition to the return on our investments to create and maintain a model water utility in the state and nation.”
Water Quality Reports became a regulatory requirement of public water utilities following the 1996 Amendments by Congress to the Safe Drinking Water Act, to increase the public’s “right to know” about the nature of their drinking water.
Chris Wood, Ph.D.