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Is My Water Safe to Drink? Absolutely!

June 22, 2020 by Chris Wood, Ph.D.

The 2020 MWA Water Quality Report is out!

One of the leading questions Macon Water Authority (MWA) customers have been asking during the Coronavirus outbreak and COVID-19 pandemic has been: “Is my tap water safe to drink?”

Well, if you don’t want to take the Authority’s word for it, MWA officials have published further scientific proof that the answer is: “Absolutely!”

The MWA has released its 2020 Water Quality Report, which provides details of what is in the utility’s public drinking water and why, so consumers can make informed public health choices. In addition, the laboratory data from test results outlined within the Water Quality Report indicate that MWA tap water had no violations of drinking water standards or incidents of regulatory non-compliance during the 2019 calendar year.

But the Authority continually monitors its water quality, maintaining regulatory compliance even during the current pandemic by testing water samples taken at the raw water source (at Javors Lucas Lake), during the water treatment process (at the Frank C. Amerson, Jr. Water Treatment Plant), and finally during distribution, to assure MWA customers are drinking the cleanest and safest tap water possible.

“Our water professionals have the training, certification, and experience to oversee the drinking water production and distribution processes, constantly making sure that our tap water is safe for public consumption,” says Gary McCoy, MWA Director of Water Treatment. “We test our drinking water almost 10 times more than what’s required by regulatory agencies, and the results are verified by Georgia EPD. So, our customers can trust that their water meets or exceeds the highest standards for drinking water quality in the industry,” adds McCoy.

Attaining complete regulatory compliance for drinking water quality standards, as reflected through the results of the 2020 MWA Water Quality Report, also is consistent with the Authority’s recent accolades received from the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP). Even though its Spring Conference & Expo was cancelled due to the pandemic, GAWP honored the MWA with several industry awards this year for outstanding performance.

Most impressive, perhaps, was the award the Frank C. Amerson, Jr. Water Treatment Plant won as the state’s “Plant of the Year” for large surface water production facilities.
The Amerson Plant also received the GAWP Platinum Award for achieving seven consecutive years of 100 percent permit compliance. Finally, the MWA is known nationally for producing the “Best Tasting Drinking Water in North America,” since achieving that distinction a decade ago from the American Water Works Association (AWWA).

“During this public health crisis, we are proud to note that tap water is a key element of the defense, and we have fielded more questions about the safety of tap water as a result,” says Pam Burnett, Executive Director of the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP). “Referring people to these (Water Quality) Reports was one of our ways to reassure them that they could rely on the safety of the water supplied to their homes. We are grateful that water professionals like those at the Macon Water Authority have been at work 24/7 during the pandemic; they are heroes behind the scenes.”

The specific laboratory test results contained in the 2020 MWA Water Quality Report show that the utility’s drinking water met all regulatory limits for detected levels of potential contaminants, which included those classified as inorganic, organic, or micro-biological, or as the result of disinfectants or disinfectant by-products.

Water Quality Reports, which also are referred to as Consumer Confidence Reports (CCR) within industry circles, became a regulatory requirement of public water utilities following the 1996 Amendments by Congress to the Safe Drinking Water Act, to increase the public’s “right-to-know” about the nature of their drinking water.

The 2020 MWA Water Quality Report is available to the public on the Authority’s website, located at www.maconwater.org/ccr.pdf, while a printed hard copy can be obtained at the Authority’s Second Street Headquarters upon request.

For more information about the 2020 MWA Water Quality Report, consumers can contact Gary McCoy at 478-464-5653, or gmccoy@maconwater.org. And to read or review this year’s MWA Water Quality Report, check out the “Learn More” link below.

Media contact:
Chris Wood, Ph.D.
P: 770-757-1681
E: chris@jwapr.com or john.wood@gcsu.edu

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