Resources for Teachers and Students

The Clayton County Water Authority is a great local resource for teachers and students. Our employees share their knowledge and experience through facility tours and in-school presentations while speaking about the cycle of water, water conservation, preventing stormwater pollution, proper grease disposal, environmental careers and other water-related issues.

Click here to download a copy of the CCWA's School Resource Brochure

Career Day Presentations

CCWA employees enjoy reaching out to local students through Career Day Presentations. From a general diploma to degrees in accounting, microbiology or engineering, the water industry has something for everyone.

Our Career Day Presentations give students a glimpse at life in the working world and can spark an interest in a water industry career that they had not even considered. Call 770.960.6972 for more information.


Facility Tours/Field Trips

Have you ever wondered how drinking water is produced or what happens to wastewater after it leaves your home? A facility tour is a great way for students, or other groups, to learn more about the processes used and what goes on behind the scenes. Field Trips are a great way for students to see up-close what takes place at a water production plant, water reclamation facility, constructed treatment wetlands and our Wetlands Center. For information on specific CCWA tours, please call one of the following facilities:

  • Water Production Plant Tours - Learn how clean, safe drinking water is produced for more than 250,000 residents with a tour of the Terry R. Hicks Water Production Complex in Jonesboro. Tours are available Tuesday - Thursday between 8 a.m.— 3 p.m. for students in 4th grade or older. Call 770.603.5611 ext. 10 for more information.


  • Water Reclamation Facility Tours- See how the CCWA uses biology and other treatment processes to clean up wastewater with a tour of the W. B. Casey Water Reclamation Facility in Jonesboro. Tours are available for high school students Tuesdays - Thursdays between 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Call 770.478.7496 for more information.


  • Newman Wetlands Center - The Melvin L. Newman Wetlands Center’s goal is to demonstrate the importance of preserving wetlands environments and to provide public education in matters of natural resource conservation. Programs for K-12 students are offered between 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Cost: $1 per person. Visit the center's Field Trip Policy page for more information.


Science Fair Projects

The Clayton County Water Authority provides information and/or assistance to students who are working on water-related science fair projects.

For information on any of these topics, please call one of the following staff members:

  • Water Quality: Lesley Rathburn, CCWA Water Quality Supervisor, 770.603.5611, ext. 13.
  • Constructed Wetlands: Mark Cochran, Natural Treatment Systems Foreman, 770.478.2628, ext. 27.
  • Wastewater or Microorganisms in Wastewater: Jennifer Flewellen, CCWA Environmental Compliance and Lab Coordinator, 770.478.7496, ext 217.
  • Stormwater: Shayla Nealy, CCWA Water Resources Engineer, 678.422.5145, ext. 5508.


Summer High School Internships

The Water Authority offers a Summer Internship Program for eligible college students and Clayton County High School students. Positions are available in our Engineering, Water Production/Water Reclamation and Customer Service Departments. Qualified candidates must be at least 16 years old and a current Junior or Senior holding a minimum 3.0 GPA. They should have an interest in engineering, drafting, biology, environmental science or customer service. To learn more about this program, call 678.422.2839.


H2Opportunity Program

The Georgia Association of Water Professionals has created an outreach program called H2Opportunity. The purpose of the H2Opportunity Program is to provide students in the state of Georgia with a renewed understanding of water issues within our state and highlight the benefits of a job in the water industry. There are many positive aspects to a career in the water industry such as job availability, job stability, health care and retirement benefits. Click the link below to learn more about H2Opportunity.

H2Opportunity Program


Work for Water

Developed by the American Water Works Association and Water Environment Federation, the world’s leading technical experts on drinking water and water quality, the Work for Water site is packed with resources to find jobs or prepare for rewarding careers in protecting public health and the environment. Learn about what it takes to work for water and get a great job for a great cause.

Work for Water

Additional Resources for Teachers

U.S. Geological Survey's Water Science for Schools

Clean Water Campaign's Teacher Resources

American Water Works Association's Information about Drinking Water

Water - Use it Wisely

Work for Water - Great Careers for a Great Cause

Environmental Science.Org