Pictured (left to right): Fulton County District 3 Commissioner Lee Morris, Atlanta City Council President and AFCWRC Board Vice-Chairman Ceasar Mitchell, Traci Lowe (Commissioner Lowe's daughter-in-law), Fulton County Commission Chairman and AFCWRC Board Member John H. Eaves, Bettye Lowe (Commissioner Lowe's widow), Fulton County District 2 Commissioner and AFCWRC Board Member Bob Ellis, Fulton County Board of Commissioners Vice-Chairman & AFCWRC Board Chairman Liz Hausmann, AFCWRC Board Member Dr. Gary Ludi, Mountain Park Mayor Jim Still, Atlanta City Council Member (District 2) Kwanza Hall & Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker
Following a dedication ceremony inside its offices in Johns Creek, the board of the Atlanta-Fulton County Water Resources Commission (AFCWRC) revealed the new sign outside its water treatment plant. Effective August 25, 2016, the building will now be known as the Tom Lowe Atlanta Fulton County Water Treatment Plant. The plant first opened in 1991 to provide a needed source of drinking water in North Fulton. The AFCWRC Board voted unanimously on November 19, 2015 to rename the facility after the county commissioner who served North Fulton County for 40 years in honor of his dedication and contribution to the AFCWRC.
"It's very fitting that the Johns Creek Water Reclamation Facility be named for Commissioner Tom Lowe," said Fulton County Commission Vice-Chair and AFCWRC Chairman Liz Hausmann. "Not only was he a pillar of the North Fulton Community, but his advanced engineering background enabled him to understand the need for clean, potable water and identify the potential of the Johns Creek location. Fulton County is fortunate to have benefitted from his 40 years of leadership and service. While he is greatly missed, Fulton will continue to honor his legacy going forward."
"Thanks to Commissioner Lowe's expertise in civil engineering, he looked into his crystal ball and recognized the need for a water treatment plant to serve the North Fulton area for years to come," said Fulton County Board of Commissioners Chairman John Eaves. "Naming the facility after Tom is a fitting tribute to thank him for the knowledge and vision he brought to our County."
Among the dignitaries on hand, were Bettye Lowe, the widow of the late commissioner, his daughter-in-law Traci Lowe, and many former staffers of the veteran lawmaker. Commissioner Tom Lowe was among the members who served on the initial AFCWRC in 1986. Because of Commissioner Lowe's civil engineering background, he was instrumental in the negotiation of the water withdrawal permit with EPD, acquisition of land, and construction of the water treatment plant that now bears his name. The late Commissioner Tom Lowe's commitment to the AFCWRC helped realize the vision of a regional water treatment facility to ensure adequate water supply for the growing population needs of North Fulton well into the future. Commissioner Tom Lowe died in 2015 at the age of 86.