Macon Water Authority plans tours, 5K run

The Macon Water Authority’s award-winning treatment plant will be open to the public Thursday.

Tours are scheduled between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to commemorate National Drinking Water Week, according to a news release from the authority.

Visitors will see how the Frank C. Amerson Jr. Water Treatment Plant draws water from the Ocmulgee River, treats it, filters it and sends it on its way to local taps.

Macon’s water was selected as North America’s best in 2009, and the plant has won Georgia’s top honors for operation four times since it opened in 2000.

Saturday, MWA is hosting the “Running Water 5K” with registration at 7:30 a.m. and the race beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the plant at 703 Riverbend Drive.

The race, a partnership with Mount de Sales Academy’s Environmental Club, will raise money for local high schools to purchase water bottle filling stations to model the students’ “ban the bottle” initiative at the Catholic school.