The production facilities are governed by the Safe Drinking Water Act, which was passed in 1974 to protect drinking water in the United States. It requires the Environmental Protection Agency and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division to set and enforce standards for all public and community drinking water systems. Technicians at the Gwinnett water production facilitiesmonitor the water for more than 90 chemical and microbial contaminants all day, every day, and report the results to state and federal authorities.
Gwinnett County has been recognized for excellence in water production and infrastructure at both national and state levels. In 2017, the Shoal Creek water production facility won the Georgia Association of Water Professionals Plant of the Year Award for the fourth time since 2007. Shoal Creek and Lanier filter plants have earned numerous GAWP Gold and Platinum Awards for exceptional yearly plant operation.