In an effort to help limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, all city facilities will be closed to public walk-ins until further notice. City services will be available online, by phone, and through limited in-person appointments. Please review the full news release here.


Winder City Council passed an Emergency Declaration and Ordinance which is effective immediately and shall remain in effect until 11:59 PM on April 6, 2020. Please read the full document here.

Water System

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The service area of the City of Winder Water System is approximately 114 square miles or approximately 67% of Barrow County. The system currently consists of approximately 406 miles of water main, most of which vary from 6" to 12" in size. The system has 2 pump stations, 6 elevated storage tanks and 2 ground level storage tanks. Our storage tanks will hold 8.25 million gallons of treated water.

The City of Winder and the surrounding area are served by one water treatment plant, the Highway 53 Water Treatment Plant. The Hwy 53 plant was built as a 2 mgd plant in the early 1970s, expanded in the late 1980s to 4 mgd, and modified again in 1999-2000 for a maximum capacity of 6.1 mgd. The current system one-day treatment maximum capacity is 6.1 mgd.

In addition, Winder has agreements in place to purchase water from other jurisdictions, should the need arise. In 1998, an agreement was reached with the Walton County Water and Sewer Authority for up to 1 million gallons per day. In 2002, the City signed an agreement with Barrow County Water Sewer Authority for up to 5 million gallons per day from the Bear Creek Reservoir and Treatment Facility.