Historical PWPF

A historical black and white photo of men standing in front of a building.

The City of Cumming has been in the water business since the 1930s. In the early years, the City was permitted to withdraw raw water from Dobbs Creek and later from Baldridge Creek. These two raw water sources provided an ample water supply to the City for many years. It was not until the late 1970s that the City secured a withdrawal permit from the U.S Army Corps of Engineers to pump up to 8 MGD (million gallons per day) of water from Lake Lanier to the City’s Potable Water Production Facility (PWPF). The Mayor and Council’s decision to withdraw water from Lake Lanier was one of the most important decisions made in our City’s history.

Today, the City is permitted to withdraw up to 15.21 MGD (annual average) of lake water for the City’s PWPF (30 MGD max day). Without an adequate supply of drinking water and the Mayor and Council’s vision for the future, Cumming would not be the growing community that it is today.
In the future, the City will expand our Potable Water Production Facility to 36 MGD along with adding state-of-the-art treatment processes to the facility.

A historical newspaper article featuring two men in hats from the PWPF organization.
A historical newspaper article featuring two men in hats from the PWPF organization.