Water Treatment FAQs


Water Treatment

Where does my water come from?

Your water is withdrawn from Raccoon Creek and treated at the Summerville Water Treatment Facility, tributaries within this area feed into Raccoon Creek. Water from the Lowe Spring Plant is pumped directly from the Spring, filtered and after the addition of chlorine and fluoride the water is pumped into the distribution system.  The Spring consistently produces high quality drinking water.

The Northwest Georgia Water Supply Water Shed Based Regional Source Water Assessment describes the watershed and water supply system.  This study identifies potential sources of pollution in the watershed.  The watershed is forest and pasture land with wildlife and livestock populations and some residential areas with septic tanks.  DNR has a fish hatchery on a spring fed tributary of Raccoon Creek north of the intake.  Raccoon Creek is a tributary of the Chattooga River.  This rural water shed is small and includes about a 25 Square mile area. Included as potential sources of pollution for Raccoon Creek: 8 Bridges, 1 dairy operation, 1 fuel facility, 1 NPDS permit holder and 1 RCRA.

How is my water treated?

In order to ensure that your tap water is safe to drink the EPA prescribes regulations, which limits the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. The FDA regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water, which must provide the same protection for public health. The Raccoon Creek Water Facility is equipped with state of the art laboratory equipment to closely monitor water quality. Water is tested for more than 80 drinking water parameters. We work with the City of Summerville’s water distribution system to bring the best possible water to our customers.

How would I know about a problem with the water supply?

The water plant operators keep close watch on the water supply. If there is a problem with your water, you will get the news by radio , television, newspapers, from the City of Summerville or State Water Officials.

How do I schedule a tour of a Water Treatment facility?

Plant tours can be requested and are conducted at this facility, mentioned above. For more information, or to schedule a tour, call 706-859-0908.

Additional Info

Water Treatment Plant
Janice Galloway, Superintendent
1082 Filter Plant Road
Summerville, GA  30747

Office Hours:
M-F 8:00-4:00

Emergencies/After Hours
 Phone: 706-859-0908

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