DeKalb says water is fine, schedules Public Works meeting

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt February 25, 2016
A dripping faucet. Photo by Danny Steaven. Source: Wikimedia commons

A dripping faucet. Photo by Danny Steaven. Source: Wikimedia commons

DeKalb County issued a press release assuring every one that the county’s water is safe to drink.

“Every three years, the EPD runs the analysis of the county’s water in a certified laboratory to assure an extra level of protection and compliance by its independent analysis,” the county’s press release says. “In 2015, the Georgia EPD Lab ran 50 water samples county-wide and DeKalb County was found to meet or exceed the Federal compliance lead levels.”

The county has also scheduled a town hall meeting with department representatives to talk about things like water billing, water leaks, potholes, sanitation, recycling and claims. That meeting is planned for March 3, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. It will be held at Maloof Auditorium, located at 1300 Commerce Dr. in Decatur.

In its press release concerning water quality, the county says, “The Department of Watershed Management (DWM) provides its customers with high quality, safe drinking water that surpasses the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the State of Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) requirements.”

The press release makes reference to a crisis in Flint, Mich., involving contaminated water.

“While (DeKalb Watershed Management) does not have first-hand knowledge about what occurred in Flint, one critical thing to note is that Flint, Michigan switched its water supply source,” the county press release says. “DeKalb County’s water supply is located on the Chattahoochee River, which is located north of DeKalb County. Water is treated at the Scott Candler Water Treatment Plant and then distributed to DeKalb County customers.”

The Town Hall meeting is being hosted by Commissioners Sharon Barnes Sutton and Nancy Jester.

“The town hall meeting is an opportunity for citizens to interactively engage with department representatives on topics such as water billing, water leaks, potholes, sanitation, recycling and claims. Updates to revised services and future initiatives will also be discussed,” the county’s press release says. “This meeting is free and the public is encouraged to attend. There are no advance reservations required.”

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