Water Treatment Plant

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Where Does Your Water Come From

The City of Valdosta obtains its water supply from seven (7) wells that are drilled into an underground layer of porous, water bearing limestone known as the Upper Floridan Aquifer. This limestone layer lies under most of South Georgia and all of Florida. Generally, the aquifer is able to provide a prolific supply of good clean water. In Valdosta, the top of the aquifer lies approximately 200 feet below ground surface and the City's wells are drilled an additional 200 feet into the limestone.

The Floridan Aquifer in the area of Valdosta and Lowndes County is known as a karst aquifer. This is an aquifer that has cracks, underground solution channels, and caverns.  These cracks can provide a route to allow contaminants to enter the aquifer, move about in the aquifer and alter the water supply and can cause special challenges for the City's water system.

How is Your Water Treated

The City of Valdosta Water Treatment Plant uses the latest available technology to provide safe and good tasting water for its customers.  Expansions of the facility to 22.5 million gallons per day (MGD) and upgrading of all equipment was completed in 2007.  The treatment process includes:

  1. Air stripping towers to physically remove hydrogen sulfide;
  2. Ozone treatment to oxidize organics and sulfides and to provide primary disinfection;
  3. Chemical addition to stabilize the pH of the treated water;
  4. Phosphate addition to provide corrosion control;
  5. Sodium hypochlorite addition to provide final disinfection and provide a disinfection residual until the water is used by the customer;
  6. Treated water is stored on-site and pumped to the customer as needed.

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  • Accolades

    The City of Valdosta has been recognized at the local, state, and federal level on numerous occasions for our outstanding water services.  Accolades include:

    • 2013 – Georgia Association of Water Professional
      Water Treatment Plant of the Year

    • December 2007 - American Water Works Association 
      Featured in an article entitled, "Finished Water" in the Opflow publication

    • 2007 - Georgia Association of Water Professionals 
      Featured in the 75th Anniversary commemorative book entitled, "Celebrating Our History - Building Toward Our Future"

    • September 2007 - City of Valdosta 
      Ribbon cutting ceremony for $19 million expansion of the City's water treatment plant

    • July 24, 2007 - Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority (GEFA)
      Certificate of Completion for the replacement of 30 miles of undersized water mains to improve water quality using a low-interest loan from GEFA

    • 2006/2007 - Keep Lowndes Valdosta Beautiful (KLVB)
      Government Entity of the Year - City of Valdosta Utilities Department

    • 2002 - Georgia Water and Pollution Control Association
      Laboratory Quality Assurance in the Category of 10,000 to 100,000 Population

    • 2000 - Georgia Water and Pollution Control Association
      Laboratory Quality Assurance in the Category of 10,000 to 100,000 Population

    • November 4, 1998 - Georgia Water and Pollution Control Association
      1st Place in Category Laboratory Quality Assurance 10,000 to 100,000 Population Served

    • June 3, 1997 - Georgia Water and Pollution Control Association
      Valdosta WTP Laboratory Superior Performance

    • 1996 - Environmental Protection Division
      Safe Drinking Water Act Excellence Award

    • 1996 - Environmental Protection Agency 
      Safe Drinking Water Act Excellence Award Region IV

    • August 14, 1996 - Georgia Water and Pollution Control Association
      Outstanding Operation of a Groundwater System in the Category of over 10,000 Population

    • June 18, 1996 - Georgia Water and Pollution Control Association
      Valdosta WTP Laboratory Superior Performance

    • August 17, 1994 - Georgia Water and Pollution Control Association 
      Outstanding Operation of a Groundwater System in the Category of over 10,000 Population

    Request a Water Plant Tour

    The Utilities Department has an active public education program and conducts tours for students of all ages at the water plant and its two wastewater plants. The water plant has frequent visits from the public and water professionals from all over the Southeast. If you wish to schedule a tour, please contact the Water Treatment Plant at 229-333-1881 between 7:00 AM – 3:30 PM.  Groups of up to 100 people may be accommodated with advanced notice. After-hours visits may be arranged by special request.

    Utilities
    229-259-3592
    229-241-8285
    229-434-4132
    Director of Utilities
    Location

    1016 Myrtle Street 
    Valdosta, Georgia 31601