The Carroll County Water Authority was founded by the Georgia General Assembly in 1967 through the Carroll County Water Authority Act. The act created the CCWA as a separate political subdivision of the state of Georgia and granted it all powers that city and county governments have except taxing authority. As a non-taxing entity, the CCWA can neither tax the general public nor use subsidies from the general tax revenues of the local government.
The Water Authority’s fiscal year begins on July 1st and ends on June 30th. This fiscal year’s financial budget is comprised of Operating and Capital Divisions. The Operating Division contains the revenue and expenses associated with the daily operation of all Water Authority facilities including the water treatment plant, water distribution system and wastewater treatment plant. The Capital Division contains the revenue and expenses associated with debit service and capital improvement projects. The Water Authority funds both divisions through revenue generated by user fees and connection charges. The Water Authority does not receive any general tax revenue from Carroll County government.
The Authority was created with the charge of providing water and wastewater service to the unincorporated areas of Carroll County and surrounding areas. The Authority currently provides potable water to both retail and wholesale customers within and around Carroll County and wastewater services to Fairfield Plantation. The Authority provides water at retail rates directly to those residing within unincorporated portions of the County, as well as providing water at wholesale rates to the cities of Mt. Zion, Temple, Villa Rica and Cleburne County, Alabama. There are currently over 19,000 customer accounts in the system, serving over 50,000 people, and approximately 1,800 wastewater customers.