Gwinnett County, Georgia
Gwinnett County, Georgia lies in the northeast part of the Atlanta metropolitan area. It is the second largest county by population of Georgia’s 159 counties. Along Gwinnett County’s northern border lies Lake Lanier, a man-made lake created by Buford Dam on the Chattahoochee River. Lake Lanier is the County’s sole source of drinking water.
Gwinnett County owns and operates the F. Wayne Hill Water Resources Center, one of the world’s largest membrane and ozone facilities. This facility provides wastewater treatment for over 50% of Gwinnett County’s population. Multiple advanced technologies treat wastewater to near drinking water standards. As part of its commitment to sustainable water supplies, Gwinnett County returns this highly treated water to Lake Lanier and the Chattahoochee River which is a source of drinking water for downstream users.
Located adjacent to the F. Wayne Hill facility is the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center. This center is a unique partnership among the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center Foundation, the University of Georgia, the Gwinnett County Board of Education, and the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners. The Center’s mission is to transform the concepts of science and history into interactive, learn-by-doing experiences that will encourage a visitor’s natural curiosity and sense of wonder about themselves and the world around them.