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Fayette calls out fire departments to combat stinky water

The Fayette County Water System — beset by more than a week of complaints about stinky water — has called in the cavalry, the fire departments of both Peachtree City and Fayette County.

To speed drainage of the stinky water from the hundreds of miles of water pipes from Brooks to Tyrone, firefighters now will be opening up fire hydrants all over the county to purge the system of the odorous water, according to the press release Wednesday from County Commission Chairman Steve Brown.

The county’s prior responses to the public relations disaster brewed by the lingering water problem are detailed in two stories already posted on TheCitizen.com — “Another week of stinky water ahead” and “Refunds for stinky water? No, says Chairman Brown.”

Here’s the county news release in full:

Fayette County government to take “aggressive” steps to reduce water problem

Fire Departments now engaged to help purge more undesirable water through hydrants.

Fayette County, Georgia, May 15, 2013 – Fayette County Commission Chairman Steve Brown has announced that the county will be stepping-up their response in purging undesirable water from the system, which was altered through a natural inversion event at Lake Peachtree.

“The bad taste and the odor has continued several days longer than our water experts had anticipated, meaning there was more affected water in the system than they previously thought” said Brown. “We are now committing the county to some more aggressive steps to flush the system at a much higher rate by adding fire personnel to the roster of people tapping our fire hydrants throughout the county.”

Fayette Water System personnel have been working long hours moving throughout the county and flushing the hydrants. This latest move will allow fire crews to begin purging significantly more of the affected water in their fire coverage zones, allowing Water System personnel to withdraw water in other areas.

The fire crews will work in their station’s coverage zones and will cease activity immediately if activated on a fire call. In addition, the Water System will also increase the amount of water pumped into the system equal to summertime “high usage” demand quantities in order to keep water pressure levels safe.

Due to the recent abundance of rainfall, water usage, including watering landscapes and gardens, has remained low. The low water usage may also be responsible for the affected water remaining in the system longer.

“The Peachtree City Fire Department has graciously agreed to work with us by allowing some of their personnel to tackle hydrants in the city limits, permitting our fire crews to work Tyrone and the unincorporated county,” said Brown. “We are attacking this with everything we’ve got.”

The alternative of using the fire crews is a last resort move since the county did not want to do anything to impair the ability to promptly respond to fire calls. Fire Command Staff in the county and city will be closely managing the situation to insure response times are not compromised.

Any significant changes in water pressure due to the additional flushing of the water should be reported to the Fayette Water System at 770-461-1146. There is no health hazard associated with the affected drinking water.



Let me be sure I understand this. The plan is to drain all of the piping by letting the water flow thru the fire hydrants.

Now tell me, where is the water going that is being released? Back into our storm system and into our lakes?

I looks like they're trying to fix it. What else can they do?

Every other day the cause changes. The invertion theory is plausible, if it happened every spring and fall. Do you ever remember this happening in years past?

Could it possibly be stormwater related?

You go ahead and believe everything SB tells you.

Ours in Centennial just got better last night for the first time in two weeks. As an aside, after doing some quick googling around it appears that the problem may have been caused by an algal bloom. These can be exacerbated after a heavy rain which washes fertilizers into the water supply. Additionally, it appears that pesticides and organic matter in the water supply can cause the same type of odor/taste of dirt. This too could have occurred after the heavy rains. So in answer to your question, my guess is the heavy rains did have a lot to do with it.

We had an awful lot of rain prior to the water problem. The rain leeches into the soil carrying with it all the bad stuff. The soil is our natural filter as the water reaches the underground aquifer.

Once the ground is saturated and can't take any more, its called runoff and it takes the lawn chemicals, poop, dirt and other bad stuff into our storm system creating a mess as it enters and mixes into the lakes.

I guess we will all have to monitor water quality after every rain storm.

guess we will have to pay more money now that all this water was flushed away. Somewhere someone knows what really caused this and it will eventually come to light.

The heavy rainfall occurred on May 3/4. We had less than 1.5 inches the last 15 days of April. We started (this in Fayetteville) noticing the 'bad' water April 31. In fact April's total rain was below average. So to blame it on heavy rainfall seems incorrect.

According to the National Weather Service we had 1.73 inches of rainfall on Sunday April 28th. I remember that day myself as I had planned on doing a lot of yard work that day. On May 4 we had an additional 3.4 inches. The 1.73 inches on April 28th probably kick started the issue. Just a guess though.

subdivision. Does our water department have a clue? It is not fit to even wash clothes in...ring in a white toilet within 12 hours..etc...

Fix it...and prorate the bills for the last week or so.

I do not want Flouride or Arsenic, or God knows what other poisons added to my water, ( or my toothpaste ) do you?

We had a $1500 whole house water filter system added to our home last year to filter the water as we all have developed serious skin conditions, cancers. We also have a Berkey water filter system sitting on the kitchen counter to filter, yet again, all the water we drink, give our pet and cook with. I expressed my concerns about flouride to the company installing the whole house system and was told not to worry about flouride but to worry about the ARSENIC in the water!

People "power up" and demand fresh, clean, toxin, poison free drinking water, NOW!! Many municipalities nationwide have demanded that flouride be removed from their city/county water systems!

The Wedge's picture

Hey TTWP, arsenic is naturally occurring in the water and in the soil. Depending upon the region, levels of arsenic can be negligible to significant. When the feds "lowered" the acceptable PPM of arsenic in potable water, it caused entire municipalities to be noncompliant due to natural levels of arsenic. The cost to filter arsenic for an entire water supply for a large municipality is staggering and many localities can't comply with the feds. Nobody is "adding" it to our drinking water. Now fluoride is entirely different matter....

NUK_1's picture

The Berkey water system does that. The claim that "many" municipalities have demanded flouride be removed from their water systems is utterly false. Most could care absolutely less. Nationwide, flouridated water is not an issue whatsoever. The idiots that watch Alex Jones and other fringe freaks think it's a big deal, but I'm not buying it. You can always drill a damn well and bypass the whole process if so inclined for that matter.

Flouride in the water system is pretty goofy to me also, but if you want the purest water possible, you've already spent the money to get that. Expecting every municipality to do the same is a bit ridiculous unless you want to pay a lot more for questionably "better" water. US residents pay next to nothing for clean water as it is. If it ain't clean enough for you right now....there are alternatives, like you have chosen.

I support anyone living off the grid and getting their own water and even energy. I don't care to have my government subsidize it further. Compared to gas or electricity, what we pay for water/sewage is ridiculously cheap and generally of quality.

Just watching's picture

That doesn't contaminate the air as well as the clothes I wash, the showers we try to take, the food we have to cook, etc. I am now at a full two wheels of this horrid waste water and am sick and tired of buying our needed water supply. Tony Parrt be darned, get someone to fix these lines in Tyrone

People willing to trade their freedom for temporary security deserve neither and will lose both.

tonight on 6PM news. Could not find better representation of the best of the best here in Fayette County.

Tony Parrott

Leslie Edwards

Charlies Country Cooking

Lake Peachtree smelly lagoon

Sure makes a swell promotional video for Matt Forshee's next project

Glad Pinewood signed on the dotted line a few weeks ago, too


Robert W. Morgan's picture

Thought she was in the real estate business with ReMax and I thought real estate people wanted to promote their county or city in a positive way. Something wrong with her beating the drum on this issue.

Live free or die!

G35 Dude's picture

If she said anything other than the water has been terrible she would lose to much creditability.

tortugaocho's picture

Leslie Edwards was right to criticize the water. It is not right. It should not have happened. It will probably spike our cancer rates in 10 years or so. All we have gotten is career bureucrats saying "Goll-ull-lee, I don't know why but it's just a durn smell." And Morgan thinks realtors should sweep anythig like this under the carpet. Frankly, since she's honest I would be more likely to use her as a realtor ! We are the third highest income county in the state and not a third world country. This should never have happened and the County and Ga EPD will make damn sure we never find out what really happened.

Gilly Walker's picture

Do you think we'll be watching the Commissioners drink tap water at the next meeting?

Could The Citizen get numbers on botteled water sales at Kroger ans Publix for the last 2 weeks? I know what I've spent.

The whole issue/mess needs Presidential input, so here it is..."Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job here."

That's All.

Last night we had dinner at Grinds & Wines and sent back the (bottled) water we were served because the PTC ice in it made it smell and taste too bad to drink. Here at home, in the Kedron area, we try to drink only bottled water, but if we use ice, we know we need to drink the water before the ice has a chance to melt. And, of course, our showers smell up the house. Right now, this is still just an inconvenience, but if it continues, it is going to hurt PTC businesses and even home values.

NUK_1's picture

So much for this weekend being the end of the nasty water.

It doesn't stink or taste like that coming directly from Lake Peachtree, so I don't want to hear any more of that BS. FC Water treatment is the issue, not the original source of the water itself.

Let's break it down real simple: does Lake Peachtree or Horton reek right now like what comes out of your faucet or showerhead? No, they don't. If you drink a cup full of water out of any of those two sources, is it a lot better than what you get in PTC? Hell yes. I know because I've done it.

The bit about pumping the "bad water" out of the system to let the "good water" in to dilute the mess is a red herring. That hasn't worked whatsoever since they started and is obviously not the issue. The water wasn't "bad" in the first place and FC caused this itself. Investigate this thoroughly because the stuff I am hearing is what I expect when Benghazi,IRS, or the Justice Dept taps phone lines gets hearings.....a whole lot of crap, like our water.

Don't whizz on my leg with your bad water saturated urine and tell me it's raining.

And give it to the commissioners to drink at the next meeting. No bottled water at the Dias.

Hand them a 5 gallon bucket and ask them to take it home for their wives and kids to drink or prepare meals with.

Bottle some and mail to (England) Pinewood care of Steve Brown and the fellow commissioners.

Think we'll see a tea party?

You know, in reading this, I think it really happened here. It happened in the sludge lagoon of Lake Peachtree and this was the real cause of the stinky water.

I'm not naming names, but I can think of a few (hundred) possible culprits.

Benghazi, IRS, liberal press cover up, and now this? Jeesh.


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