By Jason A. Smith
Officials in Henry County will seek to educate area residents this weekend about the water they drink.
The Henry County Water & Sewerage Authority (HCWSA) will hold its third annual Open House Saturday, from 10 a.m., to 2 p.m., at the Tussahaw Water Treatment Facility. The plant is located at 199 Preservation Road in Jackson.
The event is part of the authority's 50th anniversary celebration, as well as National Drinking Water Week, said HCWSA spokesman, Chris Wood.
"It helps educate the public about what goes into the drinking-water production process," said Wood. "When guests come out, they'll get to see how water comes in from the reservoir and enters the plant, and how it's treated to become safe drinking water."
The Tussahaw Plant, earlier this year, was named "Water Plant of the Year," during the Georgia Association of Water Professionals' Spring Conference in Macon. The plant has a production capacity of 13 million gallons of water per day, according to Wood.
"During the open house on May 7, HCWSA customers and guests will be able to tour the Tussahaw Plant to find out 'What goes on behind the faucet?' -- the theme of this year's event," the spokesman said. "In addition, the HCWSA will be giving away the very first samples of bottled water to be produced from water treated at the Tussahaw Plant."
Susan England, administrative assistant at Tussahaw, is an organizer for the open house. She said the efforts of local students will be included, as part of the occasion.
"We've got a few displays of poster art from elementary schools in Henry County," said England. "We're trying to introduce an element of education to the public, so they understand what has to happen to the water before they're able to consume it."
She added that previous open house events have enjoyed a good response from the public.
"We've had several hundred guests in years past for the open house," she said. "We're hoping to have a good crowd for our 50th anniversary."
For more information, call (770) 957-1380, or visit www.hcwsa.com.