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Resource Management

CCMWA has two water sources from which it draws: Allatoona Lake and the Chattahoochee River.

Allatoona Lake is owned and managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and is the water source for the Wyckoff WTP and is a recreational attraction to more than six million visitors each year. The lake covers more than 12,000 acres and is within the Etowah River Basin. CCMWA purchased storage in Allatoona Lake in 1963 under the Water Supply Act. Water released from Allatoona Lake into the Etowah eventually make their way into the Coosa and Alabama Rivers into the Gulf of Mexico at Mobile, Alabama.

The Chattahoochee River is the water source for the Quarles WTP and is enjoyed by fisherman, boaters, and pedestrians who visit the Chattahoochee National Recreational Area along its shore through much of metropolitan Atlanta. The Chattahoochee is a life source for many communities, providing approximately 90% of metropolitan Atlanta drinking water needs. Flows in the river are controlled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers through releases from Buford Dam at Lake Lanier. The Chattahoochee converges with the Flint River to form the Apalachicola River, which flows into the Gulf of Mexico in Apalachicola, Florida.

The Hickory Log Creek Reservoir (HLCR) is a joint project between CCMWA and the City of Canton, providing 5.7 billion gallons of storage that can supply 44 million additional gallons of water per day when needed. The project provides for water to be pumped from the Etowah River when flows are high, to be stored and released back to the river when needed by either of the project partners. At 180 feet high, the Hickory Log Creek Dam the highest dam in Georgia not constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers or Georgia Power Company. Water released from HLCR for CCMWA provides an additional supply for the Wyckoff WTP. CCMWA’s partnership and coordination with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ensures the availability of water resources to meet all of CCMWA’s customers’ needs.

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