When it comes to water supplies, Clayton County, with a population of nearly 275,000 residents, sits at a precarious place. The county’s primary water source is the tiny Flint River. When that river passes into Clayton County at Hartsfield- Jackson Atlanta International Airport, it is a creek small enough to step across. By necessity, the Clayton County Water Authority has been forced to innovate in order to provide water for its more than 78,000 customers. In 2010, the Authority completed a $30 million wetlands-based water reuse program that each day turns some 10 million gallons of treated wastewater into potable water for homes and businesses. This water “recycling” has helped reduce demands on the Flint, and now the Authority is upgrading a wastewater treatment plant that will for the first time in nearly a half-century return flows directly to the Flint—a move that will help restore the river’s historic flows that have been lost as demand for its water has steadily grown over the past half century.
Georgia Water Coalition’s 2018 Clean 13 report highlights the efforts of individuals, businesses, industries, non-profit organizations and state and local governments who are protecting our water, restoring the health of Georgia’s waterways and preserving them for future generations.
The Coalition is a consortium of more than 250 conservation and environmental organizations, hunting and fishing groups, businesses, and faith-based organizations that have been working to protect Georgia’s water since 2002.