WATER & WASTEWATER DEPARTMENT
City Municipal Building
92 North Alexander Street
Toccoa, GA 30577
The City of Toccoa offers a full range of services for drinking water, wastewater treatment and stormwater control. The Water Department provides safe drinking water, water for fire protection, and an adequate supply of water for our essential daily needs 24 hours a day seven days a week. This system, operated by some 30 dedicated individuals, provides water for Toccoa, Stephens County and beyond.
2013 Water and Sewer Rates
The City of Toccoa adheres to stringent State and Federal distribution guidelines, such as the Safe Drinking Water Act originally passed by Congress in 1974. This act was established to set national health-based standards for drinking water to protect against both naturally occurring and man-made contaminates that may be found in drinking water. The United States Environmental Protection Agency along with State Agencies and Water Systems work together to make sure these standards are met.
Our main source of water is Lake Toccoa, located on Highway 17 Alternate approximately 2.5 miles north of the City. The lake is supplemented by pumping water from Davidson Creek and Lake Yonah. As you will see, the report shows that our drinking water is safe and actually meets or exceeds all federal and state requirements.
Toccoa’s water is monitored for safety
The City of Toccoa Water Treatment Facility, located at 2611 Falls Road, routinely monitors for various constituents in your drinking water according to Federal and State laws. Our laboratory performed 45,310 chemical analyses and 1,291 microbiological tests during a recent year.
Drinking water, including bottled drinking water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk. More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline ( 1.800.426.4791 ).
Toccoa water meets Federal Standards
All water sources, including reservoirs such as ours, travel over the surface of land or through the ground and dissolve naturally occurring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting from human activity and the presence of animals.
Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immuno-compromised persons, such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune systems disorders, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk of infections. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. EPA/CDC guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline 800-426-4791.
In an effort to keep our valued customers informed about our water utility, tours are offered throughout the year and can be arranged by calling John Estes at 706-282-3264.
Lead safety precautions
The City of Toccoa Water Department is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components. When your water has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap for 30 seconds to two minutes before using water for drinking or cooking.
If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing. If you are concerned about lead in your water, you may wish to have your water tested. Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline or at the EPA website.
City of Toccoa Water Department Mission Statement
To provide safe, potable water and services to the citizens of Toccoa and Stephens County.
To preserve the public health by the protection of quality and quantity of water available through state and federal laws, sound management practices and operating procedures.
To keep the public well informed and to maintain the development and training of employees.