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Drinking Water Week Open House and 5K

Apr 30, 2015 by Chris Wood, Ph.D.

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The Macon Water Authority will be hosting an Open House at its Amerson Water Treatment Plant on Thursday May 7, along with a 5K road race on Saturday May 9, to celebrate national Drinking Water Week.

National Drinking Water Week has been the most noted celebration of the water industry for more than 35 years, with this year’s theme asking: “What do you know about H2O?”

Thousands of water utilities across the country participate in festivities during the first full week in May each year. But only a few are in the company of the Macon Water Authority (MWA) as a past recipient of the coveted award for the Best Tasting Drinking Water in North America, as judged by the American Water Works Association (AWWA), the trade group who established the first Drinking Water Week in 1988.

During national Drinking Water Week – which is being recognized May 3-9 this year – the Macon Water Authority has a few public events on tap at the Frank C. Amerson, Jr. Water Treatment Plant to bring the utility and community together to recognize the vital role drinking water plays in everyday life.

The first Drinking Water Week event being hosted by the MWA is the annual Amerson Plant Open House on Thursday May 7, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Guests will be able to tour the campus of the award-winning water treatment facility, which has been selected as the Georgia Association of Water Professionals’ (GAWP) Best Operated Water Plant of the Year on four occasions, since its opening in 2000.

During the Open House, the utility will provide the public with an up-close look at how MWA water professionals produce award-winning drinking water – a process that begins with the intakes at the Ocmulgee River and Javors Lucas Lake, and extends to water treatment and filtration, finished drinking water storage, and more.

The Authority also will celebrate this year’s Drinking Water Week by welcoming a new event to the Amerson Water Treatment Plant – the Running Water 5K. In partnership with Mount de Sales Academy’s Environmental Club, the Authority will bring together local runners for the Running Water 5K at the Amerson Plant on Saturday May 9.

The Running Water 5K will serve as a fundraiser to help area high schools with the purchase and installation of reusable water bottle filling stations – to replace bottled water – on their respective campuses. Mount de Sales students have been leading the local initiative to “ban the bottle,” while encouraging other schools and citizens to do the same.

This year also will mark the inaugural recognition of Water Professionals Appreciation Day in Georgia on Monday May 4. The Georgia General Assembly passed Senate Bill 119 during this past legislative session, which now designates the first Monday in May each year as Water Professionals Appreciation Day. The bill, which was introduced on behalf of GAWP by state Sen. Rick Jeffares, who coincidently is a water professional, will bring recognition each year to those in the water profession who serve communities all across the state.

More information on national Drinking Water Week activities at the MWA, including the Running Water 5K and a link for registration, can be found on the MWA website at www.maconwater.org. Or, citizens can contact the MWA staff at 478-464-5650.

Media contact:
Chris Wood, Ph.D.
770-757-1681 (phone)
jcwood@uga.edu OR chris@jwapr.com

Kris Vaughn, MWA Senior Executive Assistant of Strategic Planning
478-464-5623 (office) OR 478-951-7039 (cell)
KVaughn@maconwater.org (email)

Tagged: macon water authority, mwa, national drinking water week, frank c amerson, jr water treatment plant, javors lucas lake, georgia association of water professionals, american water works association, gawp plant of the year, running water 5k, mount de sales academy

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