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Report provides proof of MWA water quality

Jul 5, 2017 by Chris Wood, Ph.D.

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The Frank C. Amerson, Jr. Water Treatment Plant (above) provides the lab evidence through its annual Water Quality Report that MWA tap water is the cleanest, safest tap water possible.

Even while operating during extreme drought conditions last year, and in the wake of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan a little more than a year ago, the Macon Water Authority (MWA) continues to lead the industry as a utility with a proven track record for providing clean, safe, and great tasting drinking water for its customers.

The latest evidence comes in the form of the 2017 MWA Water Quality Report – also referred to as the annual Consumer Confidence Report, which provides scientific evidence of why consumers of the MWA’s tap water do not have to worry if their water is safe to drink.

“Our number one priority is to consistently provide clean and safe drinking water for the customers and communities we serve, even during the worst drought conditions,” says Tony Rojas, MWA President and Executive Director. “The Water Quality Report offers tangible evidence of our performance as a public water provider, and our staff continues to do an outstanding job as water professionals dedicated to serving our customers with the highest quality drinking water possible.”

The 2017 MWA Water Quality Report is available to the public on the Authority’s website located at www.maconwater.org/ccr.pdf, while a hard copy can be obtained at Authority headquarters upon request. The Water Quality Report is released annually to inform customers of what is in their drinking water and why, providing results on how the MWA has met or exceeded all water quality guidelines set forth by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD).

The data presented in the 2017 Water Quality Report was collected by the MWA and verified by Georgia EPD during the 2016 calendar year. These results show that MWA’s drinking water met all regulatory limits for detected levels of potential contaminants, whether inorganic, organic, or micro-biological, or as the result of disinfectants or disinfectant by-products.

As a result, the MWA again achieved its goal of complete compliance for drinking water safety standards and treatment methods, with no incidents of non-compliance or violations according to the data collected from Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2016.

The MWA provides empirical evidence of its tap water quality primarily in the Water Quality Data detailed within the annual Water Quality Report, but additional means for instilling confidence in MWA consumers are provided through insights on the utility’s comprehensive water sampling and laboratory testing, as well as water treatment methodology.

MWA water professionals proactively exceed the regulatory requirements for water quality testing. Georgia EPD requires 930 water quality tests each month from samples collected throughout the system. By comparison, the award-winning water quality laboratory at the Frank C. Amerson, Jr. Water Treatment Plant – a five-time Plant of the Year in Georgia – facilitates nearly 10 times that many. Approximately 8,460 tests of various water quality indicators are conducted by the MWA each year from samples taken continuously at the utility’s raw water source (Javors Lucas Lake and the Ocmulgee River), the Amerson Water Plant, and within the distribution system.

The annual Consumer Confidence Report, or Water Quality Report, 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. The overall intent of these annual reports is to provide consumers with local water quality information that allows them to make informed public health choices, in addition to improving transparency and increasing dialogue between water systems and their customers.

For more information or questions about the 2017 MWA Water Quality Report, consumers can contact Gary McCoy, MWA Director of Water Operations, at 478-464-5653.

To review the collection of annual MWA Water Quality Reports — or Consumer Confidence Reports — check out the “Learn More” link below.

Media contact:
Chris Wood, Ph.D.
Phone: 770-757-1681
Email: chris@jwapr.com OR jcwood@uga.edu

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