Water meeting moved to today at 5 p.m.

Brown: commission hot over water problems; latest is discolored water

The Fayette County Commission has accelerated its schedule to deal with more "issues" with the water system, scheduling an emergency meeting for today at 5 p.m.

The commission is slated to amend its contract with consulting firm CH2M Hill "as related to issues at the Fayette County Water System." The meeting will be held in the commission's main public meeting room, located at the county Stonewall government complex in downtown Fayetteville.

According to a blog post from County Commission Chairman Steve Brown, he and his fellow board members are "very angry" that they were not informed about the problem with discolored water Tuesday, and he apologized for the county not notifying Peachtree City officials.

"Unfortunately, our Water System Director did not see fit to contact the Board of Commissioners and inform us that we were having a problem," Brown wrote.

Today's meeting comes on the heels of problems with discolored water Tuesday that were chalked up to a pipe break in the area of Golfview Drive in Peachtree City. See http://www.thecitizen.com/articles/08-06-2013/mang-it-dirty-water-again

The discolored water problem comes on the heels of the weeks-long process it took two months ago to resolve pervasive issues with smelly water. Water system officials first indicated the smelly water issue was due to organic material buildup in Lake Peachtree but it was later determined that the problem source was the Starr's Mill Pond as well as significant problems with the way raw water is processed at the Crosstown Water Treatment Plant.

To remedy the smelly water problem, a consultant hired by the county determined the county needed to remove sludge that had solidified at the bottom of two water storage basins at the Crosstown plant. The theory was that because those basins were used to rid solid contaminants away from the plant, they were eventually recycled back into the plant, causing at least some if not much of the smelly water problem.

The sludge removal process, undertaken by a contractor at the county's request, is essentially complete as of this date, The Citizen has learned.

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