Water Quality in the State of Georgia

Georgia relies on lakes, rivers, reservoirs and groundwater derived from aquifers. Most groundwater is pulled from the Floridian Aquifer and is distributed to cities in southern Georgia such as Albany and Brunswick. Atlanta, the most populous metro area in Georgia, gets its water from the Chattahoochee River, which serves as Atlanta's only local surface water supply. Each day, the Atlanta water system provides approximately 98 million gallons of treated drinking water for more than 1.2 million residents in the metropolitan area. 


Water Hardness Summary

Georgia water is considered soft water. The average water hardness for the Georgia resident is around 60 PPM. Atlanta, the most populous Georgia city has a water hardness level of 21 PPM which according to USGS water hardness measures is very soft.


For more information on water hardness in specific cities, please see table below.


City Water Hardness Data
Albany 34 PPM (mg/L) or 2 gpg
Atlanta 21 PPM (mg/L) or 1 gpg
Athens 120 PPM (mg/L) or 7 gpg
Augusta 58 PPM (mg/L) or 3 gpg
Brunswick 58 PPM (mg/L) or 3 gpg
Columbus 47 PPM (mg/L) or 3 gpg
Dalton 76 PPM (mg/L) or 4 gpg
Gainsville 77 PPM (mg/L) or 4 gpg
Macon 58 PPM (mg/L) or 3 gpg
Rome 54 PPM (mg/L) or 3 gpg
Savannah 57 PPM (mg/L) or 3 gpg
Valdosta 42 PPM (mg/L) or 2 gpg


PPM = Parts Per Million

mg/L = Milligrams Per Liter

gpg = Grains Per Gallon


Agriculture and Water Hardness

Georgia is a leading Agriculture state and is ranked as the number 1 pecan producer in the world. Other top crops are blueberries, peaches, peanuts and poultry. Agribusiness provides around $72 billion in annual revenue for the state of Georgia.


Though Georgia state has relatively soft water, farmers can discover that they still experience headaches related to scale buildup on their irrigators and other necessary equipment due to the mass quantities of water flow every day. In addition, contaminants polluting soil and waterways has increased greatly over the past few decades and there is a greater need for waste and chemical control. Many farmers are looking for eco-friendly solutions that can increase the quality and yield of their crops while saving water. Read more about how HydroFLOW can increase crop yield.


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Solutions to your Water Quality Problems

Fixing your water quality issues in the state of Georgia will depend on your specific water source. It is best to test your potable water supply in order to get a better understanding of your water quality. Testing is relatively cheap. The test results will allow you to understand if your potable water has issues that need to be addressed. Common solutions to water contamination problems may include a water filtration system, a reverse osmosis system or other whole home water treatment solutions.


A problem that some Georgia residents will have to deal with is hard water. One old-fashioned, inefficient, expensive and unhealthy method to treat hard water is with a salt-based water softener. Most people don’t realize that if you’re using a water softener you are basically removing calcium and magnesium from your drinking water and adding salt to your diet. In addition, many states are banning the use of salt-based water softeners


Alternative water treatment solutions such as “water conditioners” have been gaining popularity in recent years because they are cheap to operate and the best eco-friendly solution for hard water. Hydropath technology, which powers the HydroFLOW water conditioners is by far the most efficient and cost-effective eco-friendly solution to deal with hard water problems. To learn more about how HydroFLOW solves the problems created by hard water, please check out our technology page. You might want to read this blog that explains the difference between water conditioners and water softeners: Water Conditioner vs. Water Softener Blog.


For more information, please contact HydroFLOW Southeast.