Henry County Water Quality Report
With the uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic over the past 15 months, customers of the Henry County Water Authority (HCWA) can take comfort in knowing that the quality of their drinking water is not something they have to worry about, evident in the release of the 2021 Henry County Water Quality Report.
The HCWA’s annual Water Quality Report, which is also referred to within the industry as a Consumer Confidence Report (CCR), is available now for review on this website. The Report’s results reveal that the HCWA is in complete compliance with all regulatory requirements for drinking water safety. The Authority had no violations of the industry’s drinking water quality standards this past year.
The results of the 2021 Henry County Water Quality Report attempt to provide the public with a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into making HCWA water the cleanest and safest tap water possible. With water professionals among those essential workers continuing to show up during the pandemic, their dedication and professionalism are reflected in the lab results that revealed no violations of drinking water quality standards during one of the most challenging years in which to operate a public water utility, according to Authority officials.
“We are pleased to provide the annual results of our Water Quality Report to the public, to assure them that we are providing the cleanest and safest possible drinking water for their benefit,” says Lindy Farmer, HCWA General Manager. “While this past year was especially challenging to operate during the pandemic, our dedicated water professionals made sure that our water kept flowing and our customers could count on this essential service for public health.”
Annual Water Quality Reports are designed to address the public’s interest in: “What is in my drinking water and why?” The Water Quality Report also answers the more fundamental question of: “Is my tap water safe to drink?” HCWA officials can refer to the Report as proof that HCWA tap water is “absolutely” safe for public consumption, while providing great value as a public service essential to the community’s quality of life and economic development.
The lab data analyzed and presented in the 2021 Henry County Water Quality Report include measures of regulated substances found at the source, during drinking water production at both HCWA water treatment plants, and within the HCWA distribution system. These lab results provide consumers with the assurance that the detected amounts of any 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.
Potential contaminants for which regulatory agencies require testing include those categorized as organic, inorganic, or microbiological, or as the result of disinfectants or disinfectant by-products used in the drinking water treatment process. The Henry County Water Quality Report also outlines the treatment technologies and processes used by the HCWA in its water system operations to assure continuous production and distribution of safe drinking water.
Water Quality Reports became a regulatory requirement of public water utilities following the 1996 Amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act. The intent of these annual reports is to increase the public’s “right to know” about the nature and contents of their drinking water.
The 2021 Henry County Water Quality Report is available on the Authority’s website at http://waterqualityreport.hcwa.com/report.pdf. Hard copies also are available at the HCWA Headquarters located at 1695 Highway 20 West in McDonough. Customers also can request a copy be sent to them by mail by contacting the HCWA at 770-957-6659.
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Top Pic: Bridget Graham, HCWA Water Quality and Compliance Supervisor, conducts tests inside the Tussahaw Water Plant Laboratory to make sure the Authority’s water quality meets or exceeds all regulatory standards for safety.
Bottom Pic: The Ola Water Tank is part of the critical infrastructure of the HCWA system that provides clean, safe drinking water to customers, as documented in the recently released 2021 Henry County Water Quality Report.
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