MWA Drinking Water not only the Best Tasting in Georgia, but the Highest Quality, too
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Water Quality Report provides evidence that MWA meets or exceeds measures for safety
(Macon, GA – June 30, 2023) After being awarded for producing the Best Tasting Drinking Water in Georgia this spring, the Macon Water Authority (MWA) has published its 2023 Consumer Confidence Report (CCR), which is also referred to as the annual Water Quality Report, featuring laboratory test results and data to provide scientific evidence that its tap water is of the highest quality, too.
The 2023 MWA Consumer Confidence Report is available for review by the public online at www.maconwater.com/ccr.pdf.
The MWA Water Quality Report provides customers and other consumers of the utility’s tap water with insights on: “What is in my drinking water and why?” Water Quality Reports must be published annually by public water systems such as the MWA prior to July 1, so consumers can make informed public health choices about tap water consumption.
The MWA continually monitors its water quality at all points of the drinking water production and distribution process – taking samples for laboratory tests of the water quality in Javors Lucas Lake and the Ocmulgee River, during treatment at the Amerson Water Plant, and throughout the utility’s distribution system that reaches more than 55,000 customer accounts.
The MWA’s Water Quality Data collected during the 2022 calendar year and included in the CCR reveal that the utility is in complete compliance with the permitted levels of potential contaminants categorized as either inorganic, organic, micro-biological, or as the result of disinfectants or disinfectant by-products from the treatment process.
As an example of the Authority’s commitment to not only great tasting tap water, but the highest quality drinking water as well, the utility conducts nearly 10 times the number of tests required by regulatory agencies.
“While we were happy to win the state contest this spring for Best Tasting Drinking Water in Georgia, that evaluation was subjective according to judges from the water industry,” says Gary McCoy, MWA Director of Water Treatment. “The results of this year’s CCR, however, provide concrete scientific evidence that our tap water also is produced at the highest level for water quality possible, according to drinking water quality standards established by our state and federal regulatory agencies. So, not only is MWA tap water great tasting, but it’s also a great quality product as well.”
According to McCoy and his staff at the Amerson Plant’s Water Quality Laboratory, all the lab results from Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2022, which are presented in the 2023 Consumer Confidence Report, are verified by Georgia EPD, who confirm the MWA’s test results in the state’s water quality lab. At no point during last year was the MWA in violation of drinking water quality standards, regarding the permitted levels of potential contaminants in its tap water.
In addition, at the Spring Conference of the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP) this year, the Amerson Plant was recognized with a Certificate of Achievement for Best Operated Water Treatment Plant in Georgia, in addition to a GAWP Platinum Award for achieving 100% permit compliance for 10 consecutive years.
“During 2022, we produced more than 9.8 billion gallons of drinking water at the Amerson Plant for our customers, and not one gallon was out of compliance in terms of the required measures for safety and quality of our drinking water,” adds McCoy.
In addition to the results of the 2023 MWA Consumer Confidence Report being available on the Authority’s website at www.maconwater.org/ccr.pdf, citizens can receive a printed hard copy at the MWA’s Second Street Administrative Building or through the mail, upon request.
Chris Wood, Ph.D.