The Macon Water Authority

790 Second Street • Macon, GA 31202-0108 • (478) 464-5600

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While some wet wipes are marketed and sold to consumers as “flushable” items, don’t believe it! Wet wipes actually are NOT flushable, because they do not “break up” like traditional toilet paper. They may flush, but they do not disintegrate. In fact, according to tests conducted by Consumer Reports, “flushable” wet wipes were still intact after 10 minutes following a simulated flushing. The test then placed those same wet wipes in a mixer for another 10 minutes. Still no disintegration. As a result, Consumer Reports confirms what MWA wastewater plant operators and line crews have known all along – wet wipes are NOT flushable! According to the Consumer Reports article on “Think twice about flushing wet wipes,” the bottom line is this: “Treating soiled wet wipes like disposable diapers by tossing them in a lined wastebasket will definitely keep your drain and sewer pipes clear.” For a demonstration on why you should not flush wet wipes, see the "Learn More" link. Learn More »


We need your help to protect our sewer lines -- and your home's plumbing -- by keeping them free of fats, oils, and grease (or FOG). Please join us in the fight against FOG! First, wipe plates clean prior to washing in the sink or in the dishwater. Also, let grease cool, and then pour it into a sealed container to throw away. Finally, we have free, reusable grease can covers you can pick up at our Second Street Headquarters that can help. For more information on Grease Education, check out the "Learn More" link below. Learn More »


Since we sometimes experience tropical storms, hurricanes, and winter snow and ice in Georgia, please consider putting together a Family Emergency Plan and Basic Ready Kit to make sure your family is prepared for emergencies and natural disasters. Before an emergency happens, sit down with your family and decide how you will get in contact with each other, where you should go, and what you will do in the case of emergency. Keep a copy of your plan in your emergency Basic Ready Kit or other safe place everyone can access. Family Emergency Plans include a neighborhood meeting place, and out-of-neighborhood meeting place, and an out-of-town meeting place. Make sure you have contact information for all members of the family, including their respective names, date of birth, social security number, and important medical information. In addition, write down where each family members spends the majority of their time, especially the location and contact information of places of work and schools. As for a Basic Ready Kit, store one gallon of drinking water per person per day, for at least a three-day supply. Also store a can opener and non-perishable food for that many days as well. Additional items may include a radio; flash lights with extra batteries; a first aid kit; a whistle to signal for help; a face mask for filtering contaminated air; plastic sheeting or tarps and duct tape for shelter repairs; moist wipes, garbage bags and plastic bags for hygiene; tools or at least a wrench and pliers to turn off utilities, and local maps. More information on emergency preparedness is available online at www.gema.ga.gov or on the Ready Georgia website at www.ready.ga.gov. Learn More »


While some days this winter may feature unusually warm weather, don't let that fool you into thinking freezing temperatures aren't coming back. It's not too late to take precautions to weatherize your home, which includes winterizing your water lines and irrigation systems to protect them from damage. The following list may save you time and money by preventing your pipes from freezing or your water lines from bursting, especially those hidden within irrigation systems. So, remember the following winterization tips: • Tape or wrap exposed pipes with protective insulation. • Don’t forget to insulate your water heater too, especially if it is in the garage. • Drain your entire sprinkler system after watering for the last time. • Drain all outdoor faucets as well, by turning off the shut-off valve and turning on the faucets to allow the water in the line(s) to drain completely. • Disconnect garden hoses from outdoor faucets and allow them to drain, too. • Store garden hoses in warmer places during the winter. • Always know how to shut off the main valve servicing your property, in the event a water leak or pipe burst causes flooding. For more information, check out the "Learn More" link below. Learn More »


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Address
Macon Water Authority
790 Second St.
P.O. Box 108
Macon, GA 31202-0108
Phone
(478) 464-5600
Fax
(478) 741-9146
Email

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