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Open house planned at water-treatment plant

By Valerie Baldowski

vbaldowski@henryherald.com

The Henry County Water and Sewerage Authority will observe National Drinking Water Week by inviting the public to tour its Tussahaw water treatment facility during an open house.

The open house is scheduled for Saturday from 10 a.m., to 2 p.m., according to Chris Wood, a spokesman for the water authority. The event will kick off National Drinking Water Week, which is May 2 through May 8, and will carry the theme, "Only Tap Water Delivers," Wood said.

The plant is located at 199 Preservation Drive in Jackson.

The open house is a way for the Henry County Water and Sewerage Authority to reach out to customers through public education efforts, said Lindy Farmer, general manager of the authority.

"It's a recognition for community awareness of the need for clean water," Farmer said.

Admission is free and refreshments will be provided, according to David Whitson, division manager for water and wastewater at the authority.

"We think it's important to educate the public, and to make them aware of the significant assets, and the quality, of our facilities," said Jim Lenahan, a member of the authority's board of directors.

Lenahan said the event will also stress the need for water conservation and smart water usage.

During the open house, customers and guests will be able to tour the Tussahaw plant, which has the capacity to treat 13 million gallons of water per day, Whitson said. The plant has the infrastructure in place to treat an additional 13 million gallons per day, if necessary, he said.

"It's our newest plant," said Farmer. "We want to showcase that, and invite the general public, to give them an overview of where their water comes from and how it's treated."

The Tussahaw plant was completed and put into operation in 2007, Whitson said.

During the open house, there will also be a poster contest featuring the works of local elementary students, Whitson added.