Protecting Our Environment & Natural Resources
Centrally based in Dalton, GA, we proudly serve as the public utility for residential, commercial, and industrial customers throughout Whitfield, Murray, Floyd, Catoosa, and Gordon counties. By providing natural gas, electricity, water, and wastewater treatment, we empower our community to thrive.
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Land Application System
Our LAS is also renowned as a wildlife habitat and nature reserve, attracting birdwatchers and environmentalists from across Georgia. Hawks, wild turkey, rare birds, ducks, deer, and coyotes populate all 9,600 acres of our LAS.
History of the LAS
Developed in 1986, our LAS was innovated at a time when land application systems were gaining prominence as an approach to wastewater management.
Through our Land Application System (LAS), Dalton Utilities pioneered an innovative wastewater treatment recycling system that is still recognized today.
As opposed to traditional means of discharging treated water back into surface water, we recycle it back into the environment through natural means. We specifically spray treated wastewater over plant life and soil, and by doing so, we are capable of nurturing and optimizing the local soil and plant matrix.
In 1997, a $26 million redesign and expansion of our LAS made better use of the land and integrated new piping, spray heads, and an intricate, highly efficient pumping system to our spray fields.
Wastewater treatment companies throughout the United States continue to tour our LAS, emulating its system and design in their own operations.
Dalton Utilities is currently a defendant in multiple lawsuits regarding operation of its LAS. While Dalton Utilities is vigorously defending itself in these lawsuits, in an abundance of caution, Dalton Utilities has decided not to allow hunting on its property this season.
Conasauga River Canoe Launch
The CRA installed a canoe launch behind the Beaverdale Superette, located on the river along Highway 2 at the Whitfield-Murray County line. Dalton Utilities installed its canoe launch on Lower Kings Bridge Road in Dawnville, GA, along the river at the Norton Bridge.
These areas also served as the sites for clean water projects that focused on initiating stormwater and erosion solutions. The CRA site specifically captures runoff water from a parking lot and the road, directing the water into a small rain garden filled with wetland plants. In addition, this site utilizes a technique that employs stabilization practices to reduce riverbank erosion.
The Dalton Utilities’ site displays a technique for a previous parking lot, which supports the weight of vehicles while allowing rainwater to percolate through rather than rush off and erode the soil.