UPDATE: Boil water advisory for WCWSA customers lifted

LAFAYETTE, Ga. (WDEF) — Walker County Public Relations Director Joe Legge says the boil water advisory for Walker County Water & Sewerage Authority (WCWSA) customers has been lifted, as of 5:15 p.m. Sunday.

However, Walker County officials say water use restrictions remain in place for all WCWSA and City of Lafayette water customers.

A mobile water treatment plant was connected to Walker County’s Water Treatment Plant, and after a series of tests the Georgia Environmental Protection Division declared the water safe to drink.

Officials say a second mobile water treatment plant will be connected to the system soon to increase the supply of treated water. Until that happens, Walker County officials say water use restrictions are in effect.

In a press release, Walker County Sole Commissioner Shannon Whitfield said, “The Walker County Water & Sewerage Authority Board continues to evaluate long-term solutions. We will get this problem solved, failure is not an option.”

The boil water advisory had been in place for 10 days.

 


LAFAYETTE, Ga. (WDEF) — According to Walker County Public Relations Director Joe Legge, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division lifted the boil water advisory for City of LaFayette water customers around 4:30 p.m. on Monday.

The boil water advisory remains in effect for Walker County Water & Sewerage Authority (WCWSA) customers.

“It has taken several days to stabilize the system and pull and test samples to ensure there are no issues,” said David Hamilton, LaFayette City Manager. “Thank you for your patience while we worked through this challenge and please continue to conserve water to help keep demand lower in line with supply.”

The City of LaFayette disconnected from the WCWSA system on Friday, June 30th, a day after a source well tested positive for E. coli. There have been no positive samples from treated water distributed to customers from this source well. The treated water is being tested twice a day.

Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) officials believe surface water and/or storm water mixed with the well. Once well water has been influenced by surface water, it requires a type of filtration the Walker County Water Treatment Plant is not currently capable of treating.

While several short and long term solutions continue to be explored, a mobile water treatment system capable of filtering surface water is being trucked in. It will take a number of days to connect the portable system to the Walker County Water Treatment Plant. Additional time will be required to bring it online, flush lines and allow EPD to take samples and conduct tests. Officials continue to target a workable solution within the original 14 day timetable.

Another update on the boil water advisory will be issued when new information is available.


LaFayette, Ga. – As a precaution, a boil water advisory will remain in effect until further notice for certain areas of Walker County. On June 29, a routine inspection of the Walker County Water Treatment plant resulted in a positive E. coli sample from a source well, prior to treatment.

The boil water advisory only affects a portion of Walker County. Water from the well is used to service about 5,900 homes and businesses in the Walker County Water & Sewerage Authority (WCWSA) and City of LaFayette districts. The advisory area excludes anyone receiving water from Tennessee American, City of Chickamauga Water System, Walker County Rural Water, Dade County Water, Chattooga County Water, Dalton Utilities, Catoosa County Utility District and City of Fort Oglethorpe Water.

Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) officials believe surface water and/or storm water mixed with the well. A combination of the recent drought, geological changes and the wet spring may be to blame.

Out of an abundance of caution, testing efforts have been increased and there have been no positive samples from the treated water distributed to customers. Surface water requires a type of filtration the plant is not currently capable of treating.

WCWSA Board members and employees met with EPD officials today to evaluate short and long-term solutions. EPD agreed to expedite review of those plans, which include a portable filtration plant. Officials hope to have a solution in place within 14 days.

Since some of the proposed solutions would impact the available quantity of water in Walker County, Sole Commissioner and WCWSA Board Chair Shannon Whitfield and David Hamilton, LaFayette City Manager, issued a temporary water conservation declaration.

The following guidelines take effect immediately for all Walker County Water & Sewerage Authority and City of LaFayette water customers:

• Outdoor watering of lawns, gardens and trees is limited to a maximum of twice a week (even addresses and sites with no numbered address may water Wednesdays and Saturdays before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m., while those in odd-numbered addresses may water on Thursdays and Sundays before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m.)
• Watering of personal food gardens is allowed any day before 10:00 a.m. and after 4:00 p.m.

The following activities are not allowed:
• No washing streets, gutters, sidewalks and driveways
• No ornamental uses, such as fountains and waterfalls
• No use of fire hydrants, except for the purpose of firefighting, public health, safety, or flushing
• No washing vehicles (cars, boats, etc.) at home
• No non-commercial washing or pressure washing
• No charity, or non-commercial fundraiser, car washes

Additional information:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also offered these facts about what to do during a boil water advisory:

• Use boiled water to prepare drinks, even coffee. Most household coffee makers do not reach a temperature hot enough to remove bacteria
• Do not use ice from ice trays, ice dispensers or ice makers unless the water was boiled first or made with bottled water
• Most kitchen and household water filters do not remove bacteria or viruses
• Consider giving babies and young children a sponge bath to reduce the chance of them swallowing water
• Brush teeth with boiled or bottled water
• Household dishwashers are generally safe to use if the water reaches a final rinse temperature of at least 150 degrees or if the dishwasher has a sanitizing cycle
• It is safe to do laundry as usual
• Pets should also get boiled or bottled water to drink

Another update on the boil water advisory will be issued Monday, July 3rd.


WALKER COUNTY, Ga. (WALKER COUNTY NEWS RELEASE) – Public Advisory, BOIL WATER NOTICE
A routine inspection of the Walker County Water Treatment plant resulted in a positive E. coli sample from one of the wells. There have been no positive samples from the treated water which is distributed to customers. As a precaution, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division requested a boil water notice be issued for the following areas:

Walker County Water & Sewer Authority (WCWSA) service areas:
1. Lee Clarkson Road and areas immediately to the north
2. Johnson Road to Mission Ridge Road and areas east to the county line

City of Lafayette Water service areas:
1. Areas south of Chickamauga along Highway 27 down to Highway 136
2. West McCarter Road area east to Highway 151, north of Round Pond Road
3. Straight Gut Road east to Highway 27

Customers in those areas are advised to boil all water prior to use for drinking, cooking or preparing baby food.

The water should be boiled for at least one minute after reaching a rolling boil. Citizens should continue to boil their water until they are notified by the Walker County Water & Sewerage Authority that the water system has been restored to normal operations.

This boil water notice excludes anyone receiving water from Tennessee American, City of Chickamauga Water System, Walker County Rural Water, Dade County Water, Chattooga County Water, Dalton Utilities and Catoosa County Utility District.

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