Highlands operates a full-service water system. Our plant has a testing lab in house which allows our licensed water plant operators to constantly monitor water quality. If standards are not being met an alarm system notifies plant operators so corrections can be made immediately.
We send water samples to the state on a strict schedule, and the results of the state testing has to be published in the newspaper. The town tests consistently meet state requirements.
We will continue to maintain, upgrade, and improve our water system on a phase basis over the coming years. State inspectors routinely conduct on-site inspections of our water facilities. They make recommendations for upgrades to system and equipment. The town accepts those recommendations and makes the improvements.
A water system asset management study was recently completed by an outside agency. This study will serve as a guide for making long term improvements to the water system for the next 20 years.
A major project this year is the installation of a variable pump system to better regulate the entire system in case of a major waterline break. Next on the schedule is the replacement of an aging clarifier tank. Future projects can be funded with town reserves, although we are currently seeking federal grants earmarked for water improvements to fund future projects.
Hear Mayor Pat explain the benefits of the Dam Reclamation project on the Highlands water system.
Mayor Pat Taylor discusses future plans to continue to imporve the Highlands Water System.
An added benefit of the Dam reclamation project is the protection of the Cullasaja fish and plant life.
Inside the new water tank on Satulah