Water resourcesThe Newton County Water System is a wholesale provider of water. Water is treated at the Cornish Creek Water Treatment Facility located at Lake Roy Varner and at the Williams Street Water Treatment Facility located in downtown Covington. The Cornish Creek Water Treatment Facility was constructed in three phases. The original phase was completed in 1992 with an expansion completed in 1999 and another in 2010. The two earlier phases each have a water treatment capacity of 7.5 million gallons per day and the third phase has a treatment capacity of 10.0 million gallons per day for a total plant capacity of 25.0 million gallons per day.

Communities thrive with an adequate supply of clean and safe drinking water. Newton County benefits from one of Georgia’s most protected and ample supplies of available water in the Alcovy River and Lake Varner.  Clean drinking water begins with the source of "raw" or untreated water.  Newton County’s water production cycle begins with the collection of rainfall that hits the surface of the basin and drains into The Cornish Creek Reservoir (Lake Varner). In addition to natural rainfall and run off, water is pumped from the Alcovy River and stored in Lake Varner.  The Cornish Creek Water Treatment Facility features a state-of-the-art Super Pulsator Clarification process.  Chemicals used in the treatment process for drinking water production include lime, chlorine, aluminum sulfate, sodium permanganate, powdered activated carbon, fluoride, and phosphate.   All these different chemicals serve a different purpose during the various stages of water production.  The water treatment process removes dirt, contaminates, pathogens, unpleasant tastes, and odors from the water.  This process ensures the finished product of drinking water being pumped from the plant is pleasing, safe, and of the highest quality possible.


Cornish Creek Water Treatment Facility and Lake Roy Varner

The Cornish Creek Plant is operated 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  The staff on-duty at the plant are highly skilled and highly trained, state-certified water treatment plant operators and laboratory technicians.  The plant operations staff have won numerous state honors for excellence in water treatment.  

From the Cornish Creek Water Treatment Facility drinking water is pumped through an intricate distribution system to 9 wholesale customers which in turn distribute, and retail the water to the consumer.

  • The Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority
  • The Walton County B.O.C.
  • The City of Covington
  • The City of Oxford
  • The City of Porterdale
  • The City of Mansfield
  • The City of Newborn
  • The Jasper County Water and Sewer Authority
  • The Alcovy Shores Water Authority

The Cornish Creek Water Treatment Facility houses the Newton County Water Resources departmental offices, water quality lab, Lake Varner Park office, and maintenance divisions.

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