The City of Rome withdraws water from the Etowah and Oostanaula Rivers. The water is then taken to the Bruce Hamler Water Treatment Facility, where it is treated to ensure a safe level of drinking water. Read more about the treatment facility (PDF).
Water Quality of the Etowah, Coosa & Oostanaula Rivers
The Etowah and the Oostanaula Rivers converge in Rome to form the Coosa River. These three rivers have long played an important role in the health, welfare, and economy of Rome. The Coosa River Basin is the most biologically diverse river system in North America, but with current threats like the 'interbasin transfer' and pollution, this unique environment is in danger. Find out more about the importance of the Coosa River Basin (PDF) and the challenges it faces today.