Fayette County calls in outside help over foul water problem

3:53 AM, May 17, 2013   |    comments
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- After enduring foul smelling and foul tasting tap water for two weeks, Fayette County residents learned Thursday they'll have to live with it for at least another week.

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Meanwhile, county officials have called in extra help from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, Atlanta's water system and an outside consultant.

"We'll be bringing in an independent engineering water operator professional to evaluate our system, to look at the personnel, to evaluate our procedures and make sure everything is good," County Commission Chairman Steve Brown told 11Alive on Thursday.

The county believes the problem began with a natural occurrence when an inversion of cold and warm water in the Lake Peachtree reservoir caused turbulence that stirred up bottom sediment which got into the 600-mile system.

Brown insisted tests show the water is safe to drink, but admitted getting rid of the foul odor and taste continues to be a problem.

Local fire departments have already opened hydrants to help flush the system and extra water is being pumped in from Atlanta.

But there's still a problem of 4 million gallons of tainted water in holding wells at a treatment plant.

"There is no easy way to figure out how to get rid of 4 million gallons' worth of water and we are desperately trying to find a way to do it," said Brown.

He said they can't simply drain it out because the flow could flood nearby Peachtree City Airport.

Meanwhile many Fayette County residents and restaurants continue to use bottled drinking water and no one has yet added up the cost to them or the county for the millions of gallons that have been flushed through the system.

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