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Water treatment plant earns platinum award

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The Lamar Ham Water Treatment Plan has been awarded the Platinum Award for the 2020 calendar year. This is the third consecutive year that the plant has received the award from the Georgia Association of Water Professionals.

The Platinum Award recognizes water facilities with no permit or pretreatment violations during the preceding calendar year.

“To qualify for the platinum award, you had to have five consecutive years of receiving the Gold Award,” said Robert Hadden, Water and Sewer Director for the plant. “It’s a very long criterion that you have to meet,” he said.

The 2020 calendar year is the eighth year that the plant has not had any compliance, pretreatment, or permit violations recorded. Hadden says the plant’s success is due to its many dedicated workers.“We can never accomplish this without the team that we have,” said Hadden. “They’re the ones that are monitoring the water system. They’re the ones who are adjusting chemicals to make sure that we have the proper treatment.”

The purpose of water treatment plants is to ensure that water is safe to drink and that the community has an efficient water supply. They do this by using chlorine to disinfect the water supply. One mistake disqualifies the plant from receiving Gold or Platinum status.

“They look at the chlorine residuals, bacteria sampling in water, record keeping. It’s a very long list,” said

Hadden.

The plant has to use migration systems and automatic switches to issue that the plant operates within federal laws. Someone has to work the plant at all times to monitor chlorine detection and ensure there are no accidental releases. “We are required to man the water treatment plant 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year,” said Hadden.

The plant received its reward and recognition from city council members on May 25, during the regularly scheduled city council meeting.