The Peachtree City Water and Sewerage Authority will be receiving separate sealed Bids for all material, labor and equipment for the “Emergency Services Contract”. This includes the following, with all related accessories as shown on the Construction Drawings and called for in the Contract Documents and Technical Specifications: The Work to be done consists of furnishing all materials, equipment and labor necessary to provide EMERGENCY repair and/or construction services for the Peachtree City Water and Sewerage Authority during Fiscal Year 2021.
The Peachtree City Water and Sewerage Authority will be receiving separate sealed Bids for all material, labor and equipment for the “Annual Services Contract”. This includes the following, with all related accessories as shown on the Construction Drawings and called for in the Contract Documents and Technical Specifications: The Work to be done consists of furnishing all materials, equipment and labor necessary to provide repair and/or construction services for the Peachtree City Water and Sewerage Authority during Fiscal Year 2021.
The PCWASA and General Manager Stephen Hogan (pictured) are celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Authority this year (2017), having been created by Act of the Georgia General Assembly in 1987.
This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the founding of the Peachtree City Water and Sewerage Authority (PCWASA), in addition to the 20th year the utility has been operating the communitys sewer infrastructure. PCWASA officials have drafted a resolution to commemorate this historical event.
The Peachtree City Water and Sewerage Authority was created by Act of the Georgia General Assembly on March 31, 1987. Ten years later, on May 29, 1997, the Authority acquired the facilities and infrastructure of the sewer system at that time from Georgia Utilities.
This purchase by the Authority was made possible by the issuance of revenue bonds. The Authority passed a Series 1997 A bond issue to raise just over $25 million, while another $1.45 million in bonds were sold through a Series 1997 B bond issue.
An additional bond issue in 2002 garnered another $15 million-plus for PCWASA to invest in the necessary renewal and expansion of sewer system, while bond issues in 2005 and 2013 allowed the Authority to refinance all of its outstanding debt. As a result, the current outstanding principal balance is approximately $25 million.
Since its founding, the Authority has effectively managed its system to garner a “AA+” bond rating from Standard & Poor’s, a clean audit opinion for 10 consecutive years, and a Collection System Silver Award from the Georgia Association of Water Professionals for attaining a grade of 94.9 on its annual system review by the water industry.
Chris Wood, Ph.D.
(R to L): Booth Middle School students Joe Metzler and Jack Hemenway are all smiles during the Georgia Model Water Tower Competition, admiring their project that won First Place, with the help of teammates Audra O’Clair and Neerali Patel (not pictured).
The Peachtree City Water and Sewerage Authority (PCWASA) and the Fayette County Water System provided judges and professional advisors during the Fayette County division of the Georgia Model Water Tower Competition. The Fayette Competition, which was held Oct. 26 at J.C. Booth Middle School, featured nearly 100 eighth grade students competing from Booth and Bennett’s Mill Middle Schools.
After taking the necessary time to review and tally the scores from all of the water tower submittals, judges from the water profession, including those from PCWASA and Fayette Water, have declared the following winners of the 2017 Model Water Tower Competition in Fayette:
• 1st place ($300 prize) – Team “Fire Breathing Rubber Duckies” from Booth Middle School – Jack Hemenway, Joseph Metzler Concepcion, Audra O’Clair, and Neerali Patel.
• 2nd place ($200 prize) – Team “Overconfident” from Booth Middle School – Nicholas Della Torre, Reilly McKenna, Jessica Arinder, and Armaan Jabrani.
• 3rd place ($100 prize) – Team “Beyond Infinity” from Booth Middle School – Rylan Christen, Sean Cooper, Emma McLaughlin, and Carmella Niedzwiecki.
• Best Engineering Design – Team “Little Monsters” from Bennett’s Mill Elementary – Kennedy Phillips and Michelle Ukiwe.
• Most Artistic Design – Team “Overconfident” from Booth Middle School, who also won 2nd place overall.
• Structural Excellence – Team “Ompalompahs” from Booth Middle School – Max Roggermeier, Campbell Cox, Neerja Patel, and Emi Elrod.
• Judge’s Choice Award for Presentation – Team “H2O My Goodness” from Booth Middle School – Isabel Finerty, Jordan Whiteman, Chloe Reaves, and Quinn Fitzhenry.
• Cost Effectiveness Award – Team “Halloween Teens” from Booth Middle School – Rusna Sangha, Ariel Faulise, Lance Muller, and Owen Doyal.
The Georgia Model Water Tower Competition is organized by the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP) and the Georgia Section of the American Water Works Association (GAWWA), with the following mission: “From today’s youth come tomorrow’s leaders, so let’s lead some to the water profession.”
The 2017 Georgia Model Water Tower Competition features seven county/regional events held during the months of October and November, including contests in Carrolton, Cobb County, Griffin, Henry County, Fulton County, and Augusta, in addition to Fayette County.
Bill Holland, PCWASA Chairman of the Board, served as a judge for the Fayette County Competition, while Stephen Hogan, PCWASA General Manager, served as an advisor to the students. Joseph Spann, with Fayette Water System, is this year’s Chairman of the Georgia Model Water Tower Competition, following in the footsteps of Keisha Lisbon Thorpe, past chair of the event, who is a former Division Manager at PCWASA.
The teachers of those students taking part in the Fayette County Competition note that this event is ideal for reinforcing STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) curricula by providing opportunities for experiential learning.
“This is a great experience for my students, and their eyes light up when they see all of the different projects in the competition,” says Susan Hall, Engineering and Technology teacher at Bennett’s Mill Middle School. “They’ll never approach a project the same way again, because they learn how they can do things differently, even better, since they didn’t have a lot of design experience before this. I can tell my kids have already won, just by seeing that look in their eye.”
The quality of the Competition, and the time invested by water professionals to assure its success, did not go unnoticed to those local educators, either.
“It’s really neat how this many water professionals from the industry are willing to work with the kids,” says Jason Bingel, STEM Technology teacher at J.C. Booth Middle School. “Before the competition, we had engineers come speak to my students about the event as well, so we’re learning about this profession and how the industry works.”
Dr. Kathleen Lanham, STEM Coordinator for Booth Middle School, makes it a point to promote the event among her seventh-grade students, since they’ll be participants next year.
“Kids love being able to design and build things,” she says. “This competition allows them to be innovative.”
The Georgia Model Water Tower Competition requires participants to design and build water towers with specific size and height requirements. The student towers are judged based on three criteria – structural efficiency, hydraulic efficiency, and design ingenuity. The model water towers must be creatively designed and built using everyday recycled household items.
Photos from this year’s Fayette County Competition are available among the photo galleries on this website (www.pcwasa.org), using the “Learn More” link below.
Chris Wood, Ph.D.