McDONOUGH – The Henry County Water Authority is one of five water utilities in Metro Atlanta to be recognized by the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District with its annual STREAM award. The authority was honored for its Rain to Drain education program for local teachers.
The Metro Water District STREAM Awards recognize programs and projects of excellence hosted by water utilities in the Atlanta area. STREAM award-winning utilities have demonstrated exceptional leadership and innovative management of water resources.
“Our STREAM award winners are shining examples of the innovative work taking place in the region,” said Metro Water District Chairman Glenn Page. “They have embraced innovation, communication and collaboration to make meaningful progress that improves the quality of life in Metro Atlanta.”
The award recognizes projects made by Metro Water District members that are sustainable, thoughtful, regional, engaging, applicable and measured (STREAM). Each year, the Metro Water District applies the STREAM award to different areas of planning, with this year reflecting members’ best projects and practices in water resource management.
“We are honored to receive the STREAM award from the Metro Water District, which reflects the dedication and teamwork of our staff, led by Lindsey Sanders, our Environmental Compliance Coordinator, who runs the Rain to Drain workshops,” said said Tony Carnell, chief executive of HCWA. . “Our partnership with Henry County Schools has introduced teachers to the many resources we have to help them with the education of their students.”
HCWA received an Honorable Mention STREAM Award for its Rain to Drain workshops, which are held annually during the summer for a select group of teachers from Henry County schools. Since the program began five years ago, Rain to Drain has trained approximately 70 teachers on how STEM programs can be enhanced in their classrooms by introducing students to the water treatment process. As a result, HCWA teachers and staff attest to the value of the experiential learning that can take place through the use of HCWA facilities and operations to bring STEM programs to life.
HCWA Rain to Drain workshops began in 2017 through a partnership between the authority and Henry County Schools. During week-long workshops, teachers tour the Tussahaw Water Treatment Plant, Walnut Creek Water Reclamation Facility, Engineering Division and Outdoor Education Center at Cubihatcha.
During the workshops, the authority provides teachers with practical activities that can be used in the classroom. Following the Rain to Drain workshops, the authority is also inviting teachers to take their students on field trips to HCWA facilities throughout the school year, to further highlight applied science, technology, l engineering and mathematics (STEM).
The awards come on the heels of the Metro Water District’s 20th anniversary in 2021, which celebrated metro Atlanta communities working together to address the region’s water challenges.
The Metro Water District is dedicated to developing comprehensive regional and watershed-specific water resource planning for implementation by local governments in the 15-county Metro Atlanta area, which includes Henry County . These plans conserve water supplies, protect water quality and recreational opportunities, and minimize potential negative impacts of development.