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)