Position Open at Heard County Water Authority

The Heard County Water Authority is currently taking applications for an Operations Specialist to work in the office. Applicant must have a high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate. Salary is based upon experience. This is a 36 hour per week position and includes benefits. Applications may be picked up at the Water Authority office at 11520 Highway 34 West, Franklin, GA, or printed off the website at www.myhcwa.com. Deadline for applications is December 6, 2021 by 3:00 pm. A drug screen and background check are mandatory before employment. HCWA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.




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Steve Lipford Water Treatment Plant Update

The HCWA has begun construction on a significant rehabilitation and upgrade project at the Water Treatment Plant. The original 1 Million Gallon per Day (MGD) Plant was completed in March 1988 and later expanded to a 3 MGD plant in October of 1993.


The HCWA Board and Staff recognized action must be taken to prevent continued deterioration of the existing equipment and processes; otherwise, the public health and economic impacts would be devasting.  The current project, now under construction, will upgrade the treatment plant capacity to 4 MGD and rehab or replace all process equipment, lab equipment, electrical systems, structural systems, and mechanical systems. While this project requires a much greater investment of time and money, the Authority recognizes the need to increase water treatment capacity to prepare for the future of Heard County residents and businesses. Projected cost of this project is $7.3 million, and it should be completed by the end of summer in 2022.

CodeRED Alert System

The Water Authority has partnered with Heard County Fire and Emergency Services to provide our customers with access to a notification system that advises residents of issues such as boil water advisories, main leaks, or other issues  in their area. Please click the CodeRED logo link below to sign up today.

Georgia EPD Eases Level 1 Drought Response, Urges Continued Water Conservation

December 27, 2019


As a result of recent rainfall and improving conditions, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) is ending its Level 1 Drought Response in 103 Georgia counties. The decision means that almost all Georgians will return to a non-drought outdoor water use schedule.


To determine the appropriate level of drought response, EPD considers several factors including precipitation, stream flows, groundwater, reservoir levels, short-term climate predictions and soil moisture. EPD monitors and produces publicly available reports on these conditions on a monthly basis.

The Level 1 Drought Response required public water utilities in 103 counties to conduct a public information campaign to help citizens better understand drought, its impact on water supplies and the need for water conservation.


EPD encourages all Georgians to follow the non-drought outdoor water use schedule required under the Water Stewardship Act of 2010. It is in effect state-wide and limits outdoor water use year-round to the hours between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. There are several exceptions to this limitation listed at https://epd.georgia.gov/watershed-protection-branch/water-conservation.



Read the full article here.


Need to Establish New Service?

If you are in need of water service at a new address, please be sure to read our policies for establishing a new account in the document listed below. If you have any additional questions regarding these policies, water rates, or if you are ready to open an account, please contact our office at (706) 675-3358. Please complete both of the following forms for faster service.





Who We Are

An act of the Georgia General Assembly created the Franklin-Heard County Water Authority on February 6, 1984. This act was amended to change the name of the Authority to the Heard County Water Authority was approved March 22, 1989. The Heard County Water Authority is not a department of the Heard County but an independent authority. The five person Board is comprised of two members appointed by the City of Franklin, two appointed by the Heard County Board of Commissioners, and one member is elected by the four current HCWA Board members. The Board serves for 4 years and the terms are staggered.  The reason behind utility authorities being created by the State of Georgia Legislature was to keep local politics out of the decision making process for rates and other matter with regard to the operation of a utility.



Useful Links:

Below are some useful links regarding water conservation and other information. If you need more information, please contact us, a representative will be available to address any concern or question you might have.

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