Over 13 million gallons of drinking water is delivered to the Athens community every day. Your water’s journey begins at one of three sources: 1) North Oconee River, 2) Middle Oconee River, and 3) Bear Creek Reservoir. The JG Beacham Drinking Water Treatment Plant transforms the raw water into clean, great-tasting drinking water, then conveniently delivers it to taps at homes and businesses.
As part of our extensive testing program, we collect thousands of water samples and conduct over 30,000 water quality tests annually. Our water consistently meets or exceeds the federal Safe Drinking Water Act standards.