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Valdosta celebrates National Drinking Water Week

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Jason Barnes explains how the plant's generators work Jason Barnes explains how the plant's generators work

Turning on the faucet to get water is something most of us take for granted.

In Valdosta, getting that drink of water is made possible by the city's award-winning drinking water treatment plant. In the late 80's, the city spent tens of millions of dollars to move the plant to prevent surface water from mixing with ground water, which is where the city's drinking water comes from.

"We made a decision to spend a tremendous amount of money searching for the best water in Lowndes County, well outside any source of infiltration or sinkhole," explained Valdosta City Manager Larry Hansen.

For National Drinking Water Week, city officials held a plant tour and hope the public will visit the facility.

"I will encourage 'em to do that, because they're able to see, instead of just turnin' the water on and being able to drink, they're able to se where their water's comin' from and how it's treated," Jason Barnes, Assistant Plant Supervisor, said.

The plant uses a two-part disinfecting system to help ensure that the water is safe to drink when it leaves the plant. It also has back up generators to ensure that residents will continue to have clean drinking water even if their power goes out.

And Valdosta's Mayor agrees that the treatment plant is worthy of it's title.

"How 'bout that," said Mayor John Gayle, with a slight smile as he drank a glass filled with tap water from the treatment plant.

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