Water

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Smiths Water & Sewer Authority is dedicated to producing drinking water that meets all state and federal drinking water standards.  We continually strive to adopt new and better methods for delivering the best quality drinking water to you. As new challenges to drinking water safety emerge, we remain vigilant in meeting the challenges of source water protection, water conservation, and community education while continuing to serve the needs of all our water users.

Smiths Water & Sewer utilizes Lake Oliver Reservoir of the Chattahoochee River as a surface water source.  The Authority operates a surface water treatment facility located on Lee Road 315 in Smiths Station, Alabama.  The Authority also purchases water from the Opelika Water Works Board, which draws surface water from Halawakee Creek (an arm of Lake Harding and an impoundment of the Chattahoochee River), and Saugahatchee Lake in Opelika.  Our water supply is part of the Middle Chattahoochee basin, which covers an area of roughly 1,014 square miles.  Most of the watershed is covered by forest growth with agricultural and urban development accounting for less than one-third of watershed use.