Piedmont Water Company Reveals New State-Certified Water Quality Laboratory

Staff Report From Georgia CEO

Wednesday, May 15th, 2024

Piedmont Water Company is excited to announce its establishment of a state-certified water quality laboratory. With new possibilities ahead, Lake Oconee Laboratory spearheads company efforts to bolster customer confidence and enhance quality across Piedmont’s 83 water systems. The laboratory, located in Greensboro, will open for full operation in Fall 2024. 

“As our community flourishes, Piedmont Water aims to grow alongside it,” said Brent Hurst, COO of Piedmont Water Company. “We are extremely proud of our new laboratory and eagerly await its historic opening. This milestone exemplifies Piedmont as a trailblazer, and we’re honored to serve our customers and communities with advancements like this.”

Lake Oconee Laboratory will perform total coliform analysis and is certified by the GA Environmental Protection Division for microbiology. The state-of-the-art lab will also conduct chemical and algae testing, verified through rigorous proficiency testing. 

By testing in-house and eliminating out-of-state sourcing, Piedmont can continue to monitor water quality even more consistently and with faster results. The lab allows Piedmont to closely evaluate and treat both chemicals and natural substances, such as Total Trihalomethanes (TTHMs) and algal bloom. 

In tandem with the new laboratory, PWC has made substantial investments and system upgrades over the last five years to ensure the highest quality drinking water for customers. Among these investments is Georgia’s single largest private surface water treatment plant in Reynolds at Lake Oconee. By prioritizing customer satisfaction and quality, Piedmont Water Company continues to set a high standard for water and wastewater utilities nationwide. 

For more information or media requests, contact Bernadette O’Donnell at [email protected].