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Open House at Tussahaw Plant set for April 29

Apr 21, 2017 by Chris Wood


The HCWA will host an open house at its award-winning Tussahaw Water Treatment Facility on Saturday April 29, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., as a prelude to National Drinking Water Week.

As a prelude to National Drinking Water Week, the Henry County Water Authority (HCWA) will host an Open House at its award-winning Tussahaw Water Treatment Facility on Saturday April 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

During the Open House, the public can take a guided tour of the Tussahaw Plant, which was the “Plant of the Year” in Georgia last year, as judged by the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP). Educational materials and information on the HCWA, its drinking water facilities, and its treatment processes will accompany the plant tours, and lunch will be provided. The Tussahaw Plant is located at 199 Preservation Drive, accessible from Highway 81 to Keys Ferry and then Stroud Road.

The Tussahaw Plant Open House also will feature displays from various departments of the Authority and partners who work with the utility, as well as businesses and public services who depend on HCWA water supply and drinking water for their day-to-day operations.

Students from Henry County Schools are participating in a rain barrel design competition to promote the importance of water conservation, and their creativity will be on display during the Open House. Rain barrels designed by students from Union Grove, Luella, Locust Grove, Hampton and Dutchtown High Schools, as well as Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy, will be judged by HCWA staff and the winners will be announced at the event.

The Authority also invited employees, customers and local citizens to participate in a “Celebration of Water” photo contest, with entries to be displayed in the lobby of the Tussahaw Plant throughout the year, in addition to being considered for inclusion in the annual Henry County Water Quality Report, which will be published this summer.

The Tussahaw Water Treatment Facility is a two-time winner of the GAWP “Plant of the Year” Award, receiving the industry honor in 2011, in addition to last year, for facilities with treatment capacities from 15 to 50 million gallons per day (MGD). The Tussahaw Plant has a current treatment capacity of 16.1 MGD, and with another 24.4 MGD of capacity at the HCWA Towaliga Water Treatment Facility, the Authority has a combined 40.5 MGD of permitted drinking water production capacity for its system.

Finished drinking water produced at the HCWA Tussahaw and Towaliga Water Treatment Facilities can be stored in 15 holding tanks throughout the system, including a clear well at each of the respective water plants. Finished drinking water is distributed to HCWA customers throughout Henry County and neighboring jurisdictions via approximately 1,300 miles of transmission mains and pipelines. HCWA Water Treatment Facilities are operational 24 hours per day and 7 days per week, thanks to the Authority’s staff, which includes trained and state-certified plant operators.

National Drinking Water Week, which is May 7-13 this year, is an annual recognition of the American Water Works Association (AWWA). For more than 35 years, AWWA and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week as a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join in recognizing the vital role clean, safe drinking water plays in daily life.

For more information on the HCWA Tussahaw Plant Open House, contact the Authority staff at 770-957-1380, or log onto the Authority’s website at

Media contact:           

Chris Wood, Ph.D.

Phone: 770-757-1681

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