Consumer Confidence Report Finds Excellent Water Quality in Athens

Staff Report

Tuesday, June 30th, 2020

The Athens-Clarke County Public Utilities Department (PUD) released the 2019 Water Quality Report. The report confirms that the drinking water in Athens met or surpassed all stringent state and federal standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD).

Also known as the Consumer Confidence Report (CCR), the annual water quality report is a performance measure of the quality of tap water supplied in Athens-Clarke County. The report provides customers with information regarding local surface water sources, the tests conducted, and how our water complies with drinking water regulations.

"Our public health, economy, and community depend on quality drinking water. We are pleased to announce our water once again meets or exceeds the EPA’s water quality standards," states Laurel Loftin, ACC Water Conservation Coordinator. "It is important to us that our customers are confident they can drink the water coming from their faucet. The dedicated water professionals with the ACC Public Utilities Department go above and beyond to ensure the final product we deliver to the tap is safe, clean, and reliable. "

The PUD conducts extensive water quality testing and meets all compliance standards. The JG Beacham Drinking Water Treatment Plant has had no violations and earned the 2020 Platinum Award from the Georgia Association of Water Professionals for quality water treatment.

"Our lab supervisor, technicians, and operators conduct tens of thousands of tests throughout the year," says Loftin. "With over 4.5 billion gallons of water treated and delivered in 2019, they take great pride in knowing their work makes a difference in people’s lives."

The Public Utilities Department mails the report to all water customers before July 1, 2020. The CCR is also available in hard copy at 124 E. Hancock Ave. and accessible on the utility website at

For more information about the 2019 Water Quality Report or for questions regarding the water provided by Athens-Clarke County, please call Laurel Loftin at (762) 400-6739.