Clayton quenches its own thirst

While other counties are fighting to preserve what water they do have, this is one natural resource that Clayton residents don’t have to worry about.

Although the Clayton County Water Authority has consistently received various “water smart” awards for many years, they recently collected another from conservation nonprofit American Rivers for its “green” water recycling system.

“The [CCWA] uses an innovative water recycling wetland system to bolster water supply and has undertaken a number of water quality and efficiency initiatives,” says American Rivers. “The use of recycled wastewater provides a consistent drought-resistant supply of water, while the wetlands gradually release water over time, reducing vulnerability to droughts.”

I remember last summer when friends and family from out of state were offering to find ways to get us water after hearing about Georgia’s drought via news reports. It was nice to tell them that my area didn’t have this problem because we had our own supply. According to the AJC, Clayton enjoyed a 230-day water supply during the drought while areas dependent on Lake Lanier only had a 90-day supply. This is also the only place we’ve ever lived that we didn’t have to put our tap water through some kind of rigorous filtration process before consuming it.

You can learn more about the wetlands and watershed process at CCWA’s 10th Annual Wetlands and Watershed Festival on Oct. 3. This event is FREE, rain or shine.

While this topic may not garner as much online banter as others, it is great to hear about any Clayton entity receiving “national praise” for any reason. I’m sure the CCWA isn’t the only thing Clayton has to be proud of – what other good things are going on countywide that folks should know about?

REMINDER: CCPS Superintendent Edmond Heatley is hosting a series of public forums throughout September. The remaining dates are as follows:

Wed. Sept. 23 at Morrow High School (2299 Old Rex Morrow Rd, Morrow)
•Wed. Sept. 30 at Mt. Zion High School (2535 Mt. Zion Parkway, Jonesboro)

25 comments Add your comment

Clayton Parent

September 22nd, 2009
1:54 pm

Thanks for highlighting this national acknowledgement. My son’s class will visit the Newman Wetlands next month for a field trip. They are studying wetlands in class.

The Educated

September 22nd, 2009
11:02 pm

Clayton County maybe able to sell clean water to Cobb, Douglas, Gwinnett and other, since their water is now contaminated. Clayton County can pay back the plutocrats back the money they used for a MEDIA BLITZ to make Clayton County look “REALLY UGLY” last year. Really pay back the accreditation crooks!


September 23rd, 2009
1:48 am

I have been a Clayton County resident for almost 25 years, and I am very proud of Clayton County Water. Let’s not forget that this didn’t happen overnight, and that we have many people from as far back as the 60’s and 70’s to thank, who initially began working hard to make sure that Clayton County had plenty of water. Back then they had to keep up with astounding growth due to many Delta employees moving here because it was so close to the airport. Thank you Clayton County Water Authority, for a long history of pro-active innovativeness!

Clayton Resident

September 23rd, 2009
8:29 am

I don’t want Clayton to share the clean water it’s worked so hard to achieve with Cobb, Fulton, Gwinnett or any other county. Where were they when our kids (particulary the ones who really wanted to learn) needed schools to go to last year? And I don’t blame them, their tax dollars paid for those schools and my tax dollars are helping to pay for our water system so screw all the rest of those counties. When we needed help they said screw us so if they need water too bad, work it out with Florida.

Clayton Resident

September 23rd, 2009
8:30 am

and let me add that ANY elected official who votes to share out water with a county that wouldn’t even help out kids when they needed it will not get my vote come election time and I’ll actively work to make sure they don’t get reelected either.


September 23rd, 2009
8:33 am

While I prefer to offer kudos to CCWA, the Newman Wetlands borders on being a farce. We’ve allowed untold (hundreds?) of acres of wetlands to be destroyed; yet CCWA brags about a few scant acres of wetlands. Wetlands in this county (and region) should be several times larger than they are at present. The Newmans ‘center’ is indeed a very good educational resource. It’s just too small to be considered a true wetlands.

Kudos also to the CCWA for the recycling ponds at Freeman Rd and Thornton Ind Blvd. It’s great that they have the ponds open to the public; some great bird-watching is available.


September 23rd, 2009
8:42 am

Clayton Resident, et al : We brought on the schools debacle ourselves. We elected rascals and scalawags and they commenced to ruin the school system. Don’t blame surrounding counties. Overloading their own schools is not ‘helping out’. They shouldn’t feel obligated to ‘help out’ a mismanagement fiasco that’s no fault of their own.

However, water resources are a commodity in that they can be bartered and transferred, as it were. I’m sure the CCWA will be very careful in this regard. If only the CCPS were run as effectively as the CCWA. Of course that’s a pipe dream.


September 23rd, 2009
2:37 pm

I am a Clayton County resident and I am very proud of our water authority. Not everything in Clayton County is bad but if you listen to people that DO NOT live in the county, you would think so. Every county have their fair share of problems, some things we do well, some things we don’t. CCWA, thank you for having the forward thinking years ago to have us in this position.

The End

September 23rd, 2009
10:42 pm

Kimberly if you “KEEP” posting blogs like this you will soon be “Unemployed”. However, I know the “Plutocrats” want to pat themselves on the back for so-called prudent 1970’s wisdom. But now they’re old and senile and see the world through “Pink Colored” glasses, they’re still an 95% white agency. Too bad the furture contain many “Changes” many coming to that agency “SOON”, Similiar to the CCBOE & CCBOC, good day!


September 24th, 2009
7:37 am

Too bad the positive blogs don’t get as many posts as the negative ones do.


September 24th, 2009
9:19 am

Kim thank your work. Ignore those who want the negative blogs so that they can throw rocks and hide their hands. We need more positive intellectual exchange in this county. We would like to share the following invitation:

“Clayton County Wide Homeowners Association, Incorporated Installation of Officers and NARA 4 Year Partnership Celebration”

You are invited to join the Clayton County Wide Homeowners Association, Incorporated on this Saturday, September 26, 2009, 7pm at the National Archives located at 5780 Jonesboro Road, Morrow 30260. We are extremely proud of our work and we want to “show off” with an evening of food, drink and social engagement.

Our Board of Directors and Executive Committee will be installed by Judge Geranda Carter and Judge Herbert Adams (both members of CCWHOA). We will also celebrate four years of community partnership with the Southeast Region National Archives. James McSweeney, Regional Administrator and his staff will be recognized for their unwavering support of CCWHOA for the past four years. It would not have been possible to further our mission to stamp out civic literacy in this county were it not for this phenomenal partnership. We owe them a profound debt of gratitude and appreciation to say the least. The celebration is on!

Please RSVP by Thursday, September 24th by email at or call 404.396.2706 and leave a message with your name and that of your guest.

C. Synamon Baldwin and Judy J. Heard
CO Founders

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Larry OKeeffe

September 24th, 2009
3:23 pm

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Clayton County’s Water treatment facility is the envy of cities around the world. This did not come about by happenstance. This is the result of years of hard work and progressive thinking. In the early seventies when I moved to Clayton the water system was in need of renovation due to the rapid growth of the county. The Rex area for example was at that time mostly pasturing land with cows and horses grazing. The Water Authority could well have just done the minimum required and we would now have a patchwork of various systems. Instead they made a defined decision to seek out cutting edge technology and innovation. This decision was not taken lightly and not without some resistance. Clayton County is substantially ahead of its neighboring counties in the area of infrastructure.

Another example is the storm water management program that was initiated several years ago. Did anyone notice how few reports of problems there were from Clayton during the recent storm. This again is the result of a proactive approach, along with the good fortune not to have received the 15+ inches of rain that Douglas County did in one afternoon. Yet even if we had we would have faired much better for the efforts expended in previous years.

Congratulations to Synamon, Judy and all the CCWHOA members. We may not always see eye to eye but we are all working for a better Clayton County through positive communication and informed decision making.

Pray for our Schools
Larry OKeeffe


September 24th, 2009
4:01 pm

A town hall meeting will be held at 7:00 PM (at New Macedonia Baptist Church, 7725 Hwy 85) today to discuss cutbacks and/or elimiation of CTran bus service. For more info, call 404.656.0325.


September 24th, 2009
5:49 pm

I was wondering how someone would be stupid and foolish enuff to make a negative comment to a positive story. Thanks to – The End – we now know. Some people see only negative, even if they have to make it up. We should pity their poor wretched lifes. Se ya, John.

Peggy Sue Davis

September 25th, 2009
12:34 pm

Too bad the floods didn’t come to Clayton. Katrina cleaned up the ‘Big Easy’. Clayton needs cleaning too.

Clayton Parent

September 25th, 2009
4:45 pm

@ Peggy Sue Davis
How cruel of you!
So your idea of cleaning up an area is wishing ill will (and even death) on families and children? It seems to me that this county (and this country) needs to rid itself of SCUM like you! It’s people with attitudes like you and your buddy Troy Dale West, Jr. (yes, after making a comment like that, I’m putting you in the same category) that add to the problems in our county and our country. Your asinine sentiments aren’t making your situation any better. Try being a part of the solution and not the problem.


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5:42 pm

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Political Spectator

September 25th, 2009
6:40 pm

In order for the meeting about CTran to have an impact on the commissioners’ decision, the participants must be voters. We all know that most of the participants are not. Kiss CTRAN goodbye!


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