Notla Water Authority (NWA)’s Surface Water Treatment Facility is located at 9813 Nottely Dam Road (Hwy. 325) in Blairsville, Georgia. The treatment facility, a Trident Microfloc Package plant, was constructed in 2001 and went online in June of 2002. The water treatment plant (henceforth WTP) withdraws source water directly from Lake Nottely through two alternating 150-hp vertical turbine pumps located at our intake station at the north end of the lake near the dam spillway. The WTP treats up to 2 million gallons of water per day, utilizing up-to-date treatment techniques of coagulation, sedimentation, and filtration. The WTP boasts a storage capacity of 785,000 gallons of water onsite.
The Georgia DNR’s Environmental Protection Division closely monitors all aspects of the treatment process, as is mandated by the federal EPA. The WTP water lab analysts test the water quality every two hours. A state-of-the-art computer software program, termed SCADA, instantaneously and continuously monitors the water quality during all stages of the treatment process.
The treatment facility is staffed by two fulltime employees and two part-time employees, all certified by the state of Georgia. Randall Thomas is our veteran operator, bringing nearly thirty years of water treatment experience to our facility. He has operated conventional water plants as well as the more automated package plants like the one at NWA. His expertise in water hydraulics and treatment techniques is invaluable. Frank Nichols is the newest member of our water plant team. He comes to us with nearly a decade of water related experience from several treatment plants throughout Georgia. His organization skills have exponentially increased our efficiency.
Our team works tirelessly to provide our customers with clean, safe, and reliable water 365 days of the year.