The Athens-Clarke County Cedar Creek Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) in Georgia found a new way to maintain the water treatment process’s microorganisms. The rotifers, ciliates, beneficial bacteria, and water bears are vital to the removal of waste found in the water collected from homes and businesses across the county.
Occasionally, the Cedar Creek WRF operators add sugar to the water as a “treat” for the billions of microorganisms resting within the clarifying basins. The best way the innovative operators have discovered for evenly dispersing the sugar is through a waffle application.
A crane lifts a large waffle made by a local restaurant and carefully places it on top of the clarifying basins. The sun breaks down the waffles from the top while warming the water below. The evaporating water molecules create a soggy waffle bottom that drops the sweet treat into the water for the tiny hungry helpers.
OK, I can’t continue with this story. Even I don’t think I can pull this off as a truthful article on April Fool’s Day.
But waffles are genuinely a part of the Cedar Creek WRF, at least on April 2, 2021. Our smallest of three facilities is battling in the Championship bracket for the Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) Knope Award. Along with this award comes the title of Nation’s Best Water Facility. To quote Leslie Knope, the Parks and Recreation character for who the award is named, “Winning is every girl’s dream. But it’s my destiny. And my dream.”
Cedar Creek WRF shares this same dream. And destiny. But only YOU can help it reach this goal. Driven by online voting, our facility needs you to vote by Sunday, April 4, 2021. Visit www.accgov.com/Knope and follow the links to the voting form. One vote per email; please share with family, friends, and strangers.
So how do waffles fit into the mix? With a nod to the Parks and Recreation theme of the ELGL Knope Award, the PUD will honor fictional character Leslie Knope and water customers. The PUD’s passion is water and customers; Leslie Knope’s passion is local government and waffles. If in the Athens area, visit us in front of the Water Business Office at 124 E. Hancock Ave, Athens, GA, on Friday, April 2, from 8:30 – 10:00 AM with proof of voting to receive a free waffle while supplies last.
Waffles are the Breakfast of Champions, and we expect Cedar Creek
Water Waffle Reclamation Facility to take the crown. Or syrup and whip cream.
By Laurie Loftin, hoping you help her reach dream. Her destiny.