Georgia Environmental Protection Division Declares Level 1 Drought Response
On September 9, 2016, Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division declared a Level 1 drought response across 53 counties in northern Georgia, including Bartow County. This declaration requires water providers to educate the public about drought conditions and water conservation. It does not include usage restrictions. More information can be found in the links below:
- EPD Water Conservation Information
- North Georgia Water Drought Status
- EPD Level 1 Drought Response Declaration
- U.S. Drought Monitor
Emerson Water and Wastewater System
Personnel of the City of Emerson water / sewer department work hard every day to provide the residents of Emerson the highest quality water while effectively managing this priceless resource.
The City of Emerson’s primary source of water is from Moss Spring. Moss Spring is located 1.7 miles southwest of Emerson near Old Alabama Road. Water from Emerson’s spring is treated by fluoridation and chlorination at the spring pump house located adjacent to the spring. The spring was developed in 1978 and is currently permitted by the Georgia EPD for withdrawal of .625 million gallons per day, not to exceed an average of .5 million gallons per day (mgd). Emerson owns a smaller spring in the vicinity of Moss Spring. To date Spring #2 is undeveloped but remains an option for increased water supply to residents of the City of Emerson. Areas outside of the current supply infrastructure of Moss Spring are furnished water through a purchase water system from Bartow County. This is made possible through an inter- governmental agreement between Bartow County and the City of Emerson.
Annual Water Quality Reports
The city of Emerson has one sewage treatment plant. The Henry Jordan Wastewater Treatment Plant is located at 287 Joe Frank Harris Parkway in Emerson. This facility was completed in 2002 and utilizes an extended aeration biological process, followed by disinfection and discharge of treated wastewater into Pumpkinvine Creek. It replaced a facility that had been in use since 1971. The new facility is designed to treat .5 mgd average monthly discharge and .215 average weekly discharges. It operates under NPDES b.2 limits of .45 mgd average monthly and .56 mgd as a weekly maximum.
The Emerson sewage collection system serves most of the developed areas within the original city limits and is describe by the Watershed Assessment report approved by the Georgia EPD in 2004. The existing sewer service area lies within an 852 acre drainage sub-basin draining southward to Pumpkinvine Creek and 340 acres in a sub-basin draining northward to the Etowah River.
In addition, Emerson has recently completed constructing a privately funded gravity trunk sewer project (known as the Red Top Sewer Project), with three sewage pumping stations and force mains to convey sewage to the City of Cartersville for treatment and disposal. In an intergovernmental agreement, the city of Cartersville has agreed to accept up to 1.1 mgd of sewage at a connection point near Old Mill Road. The project is designed to allow development and may be upgraded in the future.