2022 Henry County Water Quality Report Is Out!
In addition to receiving an impressive 16 industry awards this past year to date, the Henry County Water Authority (HCWA) has some less glamorous but much more objective and scientific evidence that the utility is producing the cleanest and safest public drinking water possible.
The HCWA’s 2022 Water Quality Report, which is also referred to within the industry as a Consumer Confidence Report (CCR), has been published and is available for review here -- 2022 Henry County Water Quality Report. 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 2022 Henry County Water Quality Report includes laboratory data of water quality measures that were collected and analyzed from Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2021. These Water Quality Report results attempt to provide the public with a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into treating and distributing HCWA tap water. The intent of Water Quality Reports, which are required of all public water utilities from across the United States, is to offer an explanation to the utility’s customers of what is in their drinking water and why.
“We are pleased to report that we met or exceeded all standards for drinking water quality and safety, as determined by our regulatory agencies, this past year,” says Tony Carnell, HCWA General Manager. “In addition to providing this assurance for our customers, this Water Quality Report provides an overview of our water operations and the hard work and dedication of our highly skilled and credentialed water professionals, who go to great lengths to provide clean, safe drinking water for the citizens of Henry County.”
According to HCWA officials, the 2022 Henry County Water Quality Report addresses one of the more fundamental questions the utility receives from customers – “Is my tap water safe to drink?” The Authority’s leadership notes that results of the Report provide the necessary scientific evidence to confirm that HCWA tap water is “absolutely” safe for public consumption.
The lab data provided in the 2022 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 these 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 2022 Henry County Water Quality Report, which include the laboratory results from Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2021, is available here -- 2022 Henry County Water Quality Report. Hard copies 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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