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RWR lauded for excellent operations

Photo by Michael Buckelew

Photo by Michael Buckelew

CONYERS -- Rockdale Water Resources was recognized for quality of operations for its drinking and wastewater treatment facilities in 2010.

The Georgia Association of Water Professionals named RWR's Scott Creek Waste Water Treatment Plant the best operated plant of the year for its size of processing 1 million gallons per day or less.

On the drinking water side, RWR's Big Haynes Creek Water Treatment Plant was recognized for the best tasting drinking water in GAWP's district 3, which covers 14 counties and includes all of the metropolitan Atlanta area.

Bryan Wagoner, GAWP communications director, announced the awards during the Rockdale County Board of Commissioners meeting on Dec. 14. He said the Scott Creek WWTP recognition was significant because it meant the facility met or exceeded industry standards on paperwork, safety, protocol, maintenance, cleanliness and operational parameters.

The award for Scott Creek follows GAWP's 2009 Gold awards for operation excellent for RWR's small treatment plants at Snapping Shoals, Honey Creek, Almand Branch and Scott Creek.

Each of the four small WWTPs in the county can process 1 million gallons per day or less. RWR operates a primary facility on Tatum Road that has capacity to process up to 6 million gallons per day

RWR Director Dwight Wicks said at the BOC meeting he was proud of the work of the water department employees and contracted employees with ESG Operations, which manages wastewater treatment for the county.

"As noted on the wastewater side, we're certainly proud you've noted several awards given because we have multiple wastewater plants," Wicks said. "On the water side we only have one plant. If we had more plants, we would have gotten more awards."

Wagoner said for the Haynes Creek recognition, water from the area service providers underwent controlled testing "much like what is done for wine tasting," and Rockdale's water came out on top for the district.

Another criteria for the award was for the facility to meet every single Safe Drinking Water Act compliance for 365 days, Wagoner said.

GAWP also recognized the Big Haynes Creek facility with a 2009 Gold Award.

The GAWP is an industrial organization with 5,000 individual members and tracks performance of 250 water utility service providers in Georgia. For more information, go to www.gawp.org.