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Mang it! Dirty water again

Manganese is the main villain causing brown water to flow from your faucets today, says the Fayette County Water System. The other villain in parts of Peachtree City is just plain old mud.

But don’t sweat the brown stuff, says Floyd Jones, Fayette County clerk, in a news release late Tuesday afternoon. It won’t hurt you, he says.

They’ve shut the valve controlling the manganese-tinted water, Jones said, and they’ve just shut off the water in the Golfview Drive area of Peachtree City, where a broken pipe let in lots of mud.

The Golfview Drive waterless problem is expected to be over by Tuesday night, Jones said.

Here’s the county news release in its entirety:


Fayette County Water System Responds to Instances of Discolored Water

Fayette County, Georgia, August 6, 2013 – Certain areas of the county began seeing discolored water coming from their taps over the last couple of days.

The Fayette County Water System reported that the issue stems from the South Fayette Water Plant. The discoloration issue resulted from a problem with treating the manganese in the raw water.

Water System Director Tony Parrott ordered the valve closed at the plant until the problem is resolved.

The operator in charge at the South Fayette Water Plant, Bill Stevens, stated that the finished water levels of manganese did not exceed the official standard.

Water System staff has begun flushing the hydrants in affected areas. It is possible that the Water System could open the valve to City of Atlanta water to meet demand.

Since the valve to the South Fayette Water Plant has been closed, the issue is not expected to worsen and will eventually bleed out of the system.

Additionally, there was a water main break in Peachtree City on Golfview Drive. Mud from the water main break worked its way into the piping system; therefore, workers had to shut off the water in the area to make repairs.

The water is expected to be back on later today.

Residents with questions are asked to contact the Water System at (770) 461-1146 or


According to Wikipedia, manganese is an element with both health and industrial uses. In trace amounts, it is present in many foods and is vital to human health. In much larger amounts, it can be poisonous to mammals, including humans.


just had a transmission line spike outside their equipment and all power here went out and came back on. Of course, that happened while I was typing my love letter to Tony about the above and wiped it all out of the system here.

So let me just say this. Short version now. Tony, you and Kracker Jack and the rest of the 8 plus month departed might be sitting back having a few yuks over your and their neglect and your total lack of management skills, but don't think for one minute you will have the last laugh.

When you have those grandkids wheel you some day over to the granite slab with your name carved on it over near the new Scottish H2O hole in the ground, please remember that your legacy will no longer be what you envisioned it to be. No, your legacy is now etched in new stone, new granite. Right here on the pages of The Citizen.

Some of us can see thru the brown muck from the last 2 days and the stench from June to realize the bigger picture here. Chairman Brown, others on the BOC, Mr. Rapson, and staff at the water system will not be the recipients of the ire about these water debacles. They will clean it up, just as with every other filthy legacy, but those who live here will always remember the source.

An old Scottish proverb comes to mind below.

Now engraved on a rock near Lake McIntosh.

"One may survive distress, but not disgrace."

Just found out that the manager of the water plant on TDK Blvd was fired last Friday, Aug 2.
Word is that Tony is trying to blame him for the problems that the water dept has been having, but the employee I talked to said that even though the manager needed to be terminated, that he had NOTHING to do with most of the screw-ups in the water department. And that almost all of the stupid decisions are because of upper management, because they knew the manager of the water plant was too incompetent to trust handling any real problems, so Tony was calling the shots the whole time.
The state inspectors have made a list of all the problems they found with Fayette's water dept. The public needs access to that list. What has been going on and why!?
The water employees are saying that the problems are bad and that there are a lot of them!
Let us see the list!

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