Water and Wastewater Department
|WATER & WASTEWATER DEPARTMENT
City Municipal Building
92 North Alexander Street
Toccoa, GA 30577
The Water and Wastewater Department provides safe, good quality, uninterrupted water at a reasonable pressure to meet health and fire protection needs of residents of Toccoa and Stephens County. The department operates and maintains the water system in accordance with the policies set by the city commission and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Act.
For more information on the city's water services, visit our City Water page under the city services tab.
This department also provides wastewater treatment services. The wastewater that leaves your homes through sinks, showers, and toilets, flows through collection system lines to lift-stations. Each lift-station contains a pumping system which pumps the wastewater to the Wastewater Treatment Plant where it is treated. The City of Toccoa Wastewater Treatment Plant adheres to strict environmental policies, standards and limitations before releasing the treated effluent.
Toccoa's wastewater treatment plant uses physical, biological and chemical systems to treat wastewater.
Is it flushable or disposable?
Many products advertised as flushable/disposable may take several weeks to months to degrade and wind up clogging pipes and pumps, causing backups into streets, businesses and homes.
Using the toilet for disposal of many products will often result in blockages. The drains that connect a home to the main sewer line are only big enough to carry water, toilet paper and human waste.
Also, human waste is made up of bacteria and other microscopic organisms. Pharmaceutical products and products containing chemical agents of any sort, when flushed down the toilet are detrimental to organisms at the treatment plant and receiving waters.
For more information about pharmaceutical disposal, please follow this link: www.takebackyourmeds.org.
What not to flush
Get to know those materials that degrade our wastewater systems.
- Diapers (cloth, disposable, “flushable”)
- Facial tissues
- Baby wipes, disinfectant wipes, moist wipes, etc.
- Toilet bowl scrub pads
- Swiffer or other mopping/floor care pads
- Napkins (paper or cloth), paper towels
- Dental floss
- Egg shells, nutshells, and coffee grounds
- Fats, oils, and greases
- Food items containing seeds and peelings
- Sanitary napkins, tampons, condoms, or any non-organic material
- Vitamins, medicines or other pharmaceuticals
- Wash cloths, towels, rags (any cloth item)